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Ewes' chews keep solar farm in tip-top shape

Updated: Jun 20, 2022

Do androids dream of electric sheep? Maybe, but Caleb Scott does.

For the 10-acre Cornell Snyder Road Solar Farm – that produces 2 megawatts of electric power annually on an 11-acre plot adjacent Ithaca Tompkins County Regional Airport – grass grows well.

In lieu of running gas-powered, carbon-dumping mowers to maneuver around 6,778 solar panels, Scott – the mowing contractor, who owns Scott Land & Yard Services – ruminated about ruminants.

A flock of about 40 sheep (composed of ewes and gelded males) from Scott’s farm were delivered to the solar facility July 17 – to cut the grass.

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