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Sheep-powered sustainability

Sheep-powered sustainability
Sheep-powered sustainability

In the small town of Kamenica, eastern Kosovo, the Rogane solar farm has embraced an innovative and eco-friendly approach to maintaining its vast array of over 12,000 photovoltaic panels. Tired of the physical strain and environmental impact of traditional lawnmowers, the farm enlisted the help of a more sustainable workforce – a flock of over 100 sheep and a few goats. Managed by 72-year-old shepherd Rexhep Rrudhani, these animals graze the fields twice a week, efficiently clearing all types of grass.

"The workers realised that mowing the fields was very hard, they asked me whether I could bring my sheep," said 72-year-old shepherd Rexhep Rrudhani as he ordered his sheepdogs to manoeuvre the flock grazing under the panels. "The sheep eat all kind of grass here, good or bad grass, and they clean everything. We are all benefiting."

The move not only promotes a greener approach to maintenance but also aligns with Kosovo's commitment to transitioning away from coal to renewables, aiming to phase out coal by 2050. By merging the power of solar energy with the natural grazing habits of sheep, the Rogane solar farm exemplifies the harmonious coexistence of technology and nature, contributing to Sustainable Development Goal 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy) and Goal 13 (Climate Action).


Youtube credits: @InsideEdition


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