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Dominion Energy employs sheep to keep vegetation in check at Puller Solar Farm


Guard dog Honey watches over her flock of 80 sheep on Puller Solar Farm near Hartfield. Photo by AnnGardner Eubank

A flock of sheep have been hard at work at Puller Solar Farm near Hartfield since Dominion Energy introduced “solar grazing,” an environmentally friendly and adorably fuzzy alternative to motorized lawn care at a number of their solar farms throughout the Commonwealth. 

A pilot program introducing flocks of sheep to Dominion’s solar farms to help keep grasses from interfering with solar absorption to the panels began in October 2022, said senior communications specialist Tim Eberly. 

Dominion made the switch from lawnmowers to sheep at Puller Solar Farm in March 2023, said Eberly. The flock in Topping numbers about 80 sheep. They can graze around 40 acres every few days. 

Dominion took on a 25-year lease of the 120-acre property in 2018. According to Eberly, there are 58,800 solar panels on the farm. 

The sheep are bred by Marcus and Jess Gray who operate Gray’s LAMBscaping….

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