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TECO hires eco-friendly hungry sheep to 'mow' grass in expanding solar energy fields

Katahdin sheep from Maine eat grass
sheep grazing at TECO solar farm
Posted at 3:04 AM, Feb 14, 2019
and last updated 2021-06-02 08:15:16-04

APOLLO BEACH, Fla. — Tampa Electric hired the most eco-friendly lawn-mowing service in town: dozens of sheep.

Katahdin sheep from Maine to be exact.

“These sheep have hair instead of wool, which makes them ideal for the Florida climate,” says TECO spokesperson Cherie Jacobs.

The sheep are a much greener alternative to gas-guzzling lawn mowers. They love to eat the grass growing under the solar energy panels TECO has on several sites.

The hundred-some Katahdin sheep are all female on the 100-acre Big Bend Solar site.

There is even a shepherd to take care of them.

TECO plans to grow their sheep program as it expands its solar energy program.

“In 2021, 7 percent of our energy will be generated by the sun,” says Jacobs. “That’s going to make us the utility in Florida with the largest percentage of solar. And very likely, the largest percentage of sheep.”