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- A recent report found many strong local objections toward moving to clean energy initiatives, specifically solar farms.
- What are the barriers for small towns interested in pursuing clean energy? How can local donors help?
- Learn more about advancing energy justice.
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Michigan isn’t known for sunny weather. Yet in recent years, it’s seen a strong push for solar energy — including in Traverse City, the largest community in northern Michigan. Along the M-72 highway, rows of huge solar panels gleam in the sun, covering about 30 acres of grassy field.
In the shade underneath the panels are sheep.
This is called “solar grazing,” where livestock are placed on solar installations to keep vegetation in check. Sheep have grazed at the site for the past three summers, eating grass and depositing droppings along the rows of panels.
Read the full article about clean energy in small towns by Izzy Ross at Grist.