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C2 Energy Capital has decided to expand its vegetation maintenance program in solar parks with sheep.
C2 Energy Capital LLC, a rapidly growing investor within the renewable energy and electrical storage sector, has decided to expand its solar sheep program for vegetation maintenance after a very successful pilot program launched at a solar plant in Jacksonville, Florida.
The 7 MW solar park is one of the energy providers in JEA’s SolarMax program, which aims to offer cleaner energy options to its commercial customers. C2 Energy Capital expects to reduce its vegetation maintenance costs at all of its terrestrial solar power plants through this new program.
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Additional benefits from this solar sheep program include new business for local ranchers and a further reduction in the company’s carbon footprint. The company expects to roll out the new program in ten solar projects totaling more than 79 megawatts.
JEA continually seeks to support local economies while reducing our collective carbon footprint and overall costs, which is why C2 Energy Capital’s solar sheep program fits well with our principles and goals.
Steve McInall, JEA Vice President of Power and Water Planning.
In early 2018, C2 Energy Capital began trials with a regional sheep farmer to control the understory. Between 80 and 100 sheep graze daily in the solar garden. The sheep work very efficiently, they eat and sleep in the solar park. The sheep are protected by a Great Pyrenees guard dog that lives among the herd.
In the next phase, we will expand our solar sheep program to projects covering more than 300 acres in three states and reduce site maintenance costs. It’s a win-win situation that makes sense for everyone involved.
Michael Howell, Director of Asset Management at C2 Energy Capital.
C2 Energy Capital is also currently in a trial program with the vegetation management of solar parks through the use of wildflower plantations to limit mowing while providing excellent pollination habitat for insects, in particularly bees, whose population decline is a social alarm.
Some cities around the world are also testing this system for the maintenance of their parks and gardens.