PULASKI, TN (WSMV) – A flock of sheep grazing around the futuristic-looking solar panels of a Pulaski factory transforms the land there, leaving an avant-garde imprint.
The Silicon Ranch Plant is helping our planet with a process called “regenerative energy,” and it’s a hard day’s work for a flock of sheep.
“I’ve been excited about this all year,” said Trey Lawrence of Tall Oaks Farm and Land Management LLC.
The Silicon Ranch Plant field is made for energy and eager sheep to feed on the ground.
“Sheep take care of everything better,” said Lawrence. “I think every business should be interested in it.”
Silicon Ranch calls it regenerative energy, already seeing the benefits of a flock by adding sheep to its Pulaski solar plant to help maintain the grounds.
“We’re here now because I heard about it, and I thought, you know, it’s really great. I love it,” Lawrence said.
Longtime farmer manages sheep and has seen the benefits in just two twitches of a lamb’s tail
“See where that seed right there comes out of the ground where it was planted by the hoof,” Lawrence said. “This grass is trying to keep this dirt from eroding right here.”
For a year now, this has meant better soil, new jobs and a reduced carbon footprint.
“Many of our sites are developed on agricultural land, and our goal is to maintain, to maintain the sites in agricultural production, while producing clean energy within the communities where we are building these projects”, project manager of regenerative energy, Silicon Ranch Loran Shallenberger mentioned.
It works so well, in fact, when we visited News 4, the sheep had eaten so much grass that they had to be moved to another location. Of course, they are also pregnant. Just the kind of thing that makes Lawrence love his job.
“Me, I don’t want to be on a tractor. I want to ride the cattle. I want to watch the animals, check their water,” Lawrence said. “You know they love me too; they scream when they see me.”
A partnership between people and the planet that makes Lawrence grateful. And if you listen carefully, it seems the earth agrees too.
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