Independent power producer Soltage has announced the completion of a 28 MW solar project it has begun construction on Ohio land owned by the Cincinnati Zoo. Soltage acquired the project from Melink Solar Development, a leader in pre-construction development services for large-scale solar projects. The Cincinnati Zoo signed two Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with Calpine Energy Solutions, under which all electricity generated during both phases of the project will be utilized to meet customer power needs.
This is Soltage’s first project to use sheep grazing for vegetation management. Sheep grazing is mutually beneficial for the project and the local community as it helps restore soil carbon and overall soil health while maintaining vegetation beneath the solar project. Soltage has partnered with Ohio Solar Grazing, a local sheep farmer who manages a pasture-based livestock business, to maintain land about 20 miles outside of Cincinnati.
“Constructed against the backdrop of the historic Cincinnati Zoo, this unique farming project is the first site in our portfolio to implement sheep grazing to maintain land and an opportunity to partner with the community in new ways. It gives me a lot of money,” said Jesse Grossman. , CEO of Saltage. “We are proud to expand clean energy in Ohio and help U.S. businesses transition to decarbonization.”
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