Friday, November 2, 2012
A New Kind of Farming
This field once held hundreds of roaming chickens, or at other times, sheep and baby lambs. I am pretty sure there may have been pigs there for a while. Now the field is given over to solar farming, although there may be days when farm animals graze there as well.
It is not uncommon to see acres of these solar panels when traveling on Vermont country roads. Are they common in other parts of the country?
I did not see any installations like this on our trip to Florida and back—in spite of the fact that we drove through much sunnier states. We did see many windmills lining the ridges while driving through Pennsylvania. Wind mills have been proposed for some Vermont mountain ridges, but they are not popular with property owners or environmentalists. All I know is that it seems like we have much more wind in Vermont than sun. I guess I will have to inform myself about alternative energy sources.