Sheep farmers, solar company form powerful partnership

Growing flock gets a place to graze while keeping weeds away from solar panels

Chris Moore and Lyndsey Smith were looking to expand their grass-fed, pasture-raised sheep operation, the Shady Creek Lamb Company, but their 40-hectare family farm in Kinburn didn't have the space.

Then one day, the couple was driving past a sprawling solar installation on Galetta Side Road when they saw a mutual opportunity: all that grass growing between the panels needed mowing, and their sheep needed a place to graze.

It's a power station, really. We feel like we're bringing the farm back to it.- Lyndsey Smith

"I quite literally Googled what company was running the site, and I called them. I just said, 'We're around the corner [and] we've got some sheep. What do you think? And within a couple of weeks we had a pilot project up and running," said Smith, 40.

Now, two years later, the couple's three-year "vegetation abatement" contract with EDF Renewables represents half their farm's income.

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