Millington Solar Farm
Silicon Ranch’s Millington project is a 53 MWac solar power plant developed in partnership with the City of Millington, the U.S. Navy, Memphis Light, Gas and Water, and TVA, with land management provided by Cabriejo Ranch. At 420-acres, Millington is the largest site in this West Tennessee Regenerative Energy cluster of projects. Close to a quarter of this land is leased from the Navy and was previously considered an annual maintenance and cost burden by the Navy.
Providence Solar Farm
Silicon Ranch’s 16 MWac, 118-acre Providence Solar Farm was constructed in 2017 on land previously used for growing cotton and grain. Certain areas of the site struggled to establish vegetation after construction, and erosion began to develop. Ranching partner Cabriejo Ranch used animal impact to address this issue, with a specific technique we call trample mulching, in which areas of erosion are seeded and sheep are fed fresh hay directly on top of the area. While feeding, the sheep’s hooves help smooth out sharp erosion banks and stomp in the seeds, and their manure fertilizes the soils. Much of the hay that the sheep do not eat creates a mulch layer, providing an armor on the soils that protects them against future erosion. This area will receive multiple similar prescriptive treatments to halt and reverse erosion. After the transition to regenerative land management practices, we have also seen quantifiable increases in biodiversity, including more rabbits, meadowlarks, and red-tailed hawks. We are monitoring ecological outcomes, and management strategies will continue to improve this land over time