Outcome-Driven Regenerative Design and Land Management, by Visionary People

Silicon Ranch’s Regenerative Energy® team designs and manages utility scale solar power plants with nature in mind.

By co-locating solar energy production and regenerative agriculture, we create valuable environmental, social, and economic outcomes that are far beyond the impacts that a solar facility alone can produce. We team up with regenerative ranchers, thought-leaders, non-profits, and communities to deliver Regenerative Energy® and measure, verify, and report outcomes.

Our Core Team

Nick de Vries

Senior Vice President of Technology & Asset Management, Silicon Ranch

Michael Baute

Director of Regenerative Energy® & Land Management, Silicon Ranch

Chris Ann Lunghino

Director of Policy & Communications, Silicon Ranch

Loran Shallenberger

Regenerative Energy® Project Manager, Silicon Ranch

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Lemuel Miller

Agrivoltaic Technician I, Silicon Ranch

How do we know that our innovative approach drives positive outcomes?

Because we measure our work and verify and report our results. Regenerative Energy® is science-led and data-driven. We work closely with market-leading third parties to capture outcomes and strive toward continuous improvement. We team up with regenerative ranchers, thought-leaders, non-profits, and communities that are passionate about fostering regenerative systems. 

Our Land Managers and Producers

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Cabriejo Ranch

The Cabriejo Ranch family, led by accredited Savory Holistic Management Professionals Trent and Rueben Hendricks, holistically manages the land at Silicon Ranch’s Regenerative Energy® projects in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas. They implement the Savory Institute’s Ecological Outcome Verification methodology on select projects to track biodiversity, soil, and ecosystem outcomes.

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White Oak Pastures

The White Oak Pastures crew, led by Land Steward, Herdsman, and Savory Holistic Management Professional Will Harris, is pushing the innovation envelope at Silicon Ranch’s Georgia solar farms while conducting Ecological Verified Outcome evaluations on the land they manage to track and measure outcomes.

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Appalachian Land Design

The Appalachian Land Design team, led by agriculture and plant scientist Tyler Menne, is bringing a passion for innovation, hard work, and adorable sheep to bear as they regeneratively manage the land at our Volkswagen Chattanooga solar farm, after nine years of maintaining it conventionally. Tyler’s recognition that everything comes full circle in this world has a strong influence on his enthusiasm for and approach to the work.

Our Validators

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Savory Institute

Savory Institute brings its Land to Market Ecological Outcome Verification protocol to Regenerative Energy®, through which both our land and the grass-fed meats produced on our land can be verified as ‘regenerative’.

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Restore the Earth Foundation

Led by P.J. Marshall, Executive Director of Restore the Earth Foundation, and Ed Pinero, President of EcoMetrics LLC, the Restore the Earth team provides the necessary expertise to track, assess, and capture the full value of environmental, social, and economic impacts of Regenerative Energy® projects using the custom-designed Regenerative Energy® EcoMetrics methodology.

To learn more about our partnerships and how you can become involved, please fill out our contact form to connect with a member of Silicon Ranch’s Regenerative Energy® team.

Local Community Members

Engagement of local communities allows projects to be conceived and delivered in a way that maximizes value to the local community and also is necessary to measure a project’s social return on investment. Hear a firsthand account of community impact from Early County leaders who have seen the positive effects of the Bancroft Station Solar Farm—Silicon Ranch’s Regenerative Energy® Center of Excellence.

Hear Firsthand Account

Local Community Members

Engagement of local communities allows projects to be conceived and delivered in a way that maximizes value to the local community and also is necessary to measure a project’s social return on investment. Hear a firsthand account of community impact from Earl County leaders who have seen the positive effects of their local Bancroft Station Solar Farm—a Silicon Ranch solar farm that is a Regenerative Energy® site.

Hear Firsthand Account

Nick de Vries

Senior Vice President of Technology & Asset Management, Silicon Ranch

Nick de Vries provides engineering design and technology expertise to ensure that solar farm systems optimize renewable energy, agricultural, and environmental outcomes. Nick is a closet poet, and as such, he also provides valuable input on Regenerative Energy® communications.

Michael Baute

Director of Regenerative Energy & Land Management, Silicon Ranch

Michael Baute leads the overall Regenerative Energy® strategy, including the implementation of ground operations, by working closely with Regenerative Energy® vendors across the country. Michael brings regenerative agriculture and land management expertise to the design and operations of power plants, and leads the development of a solar specific protocol to generate marketable environmental assets, including carbon removal credits, water credits, and biodiversity credits.

Chris Ann Lunghino

Director of Policy & Communications, Silicon Ranch

 

We’re sharing our story far and wide to raise awareness of the opportunity to create valuable environmental, social, and economic outcomes, above and beyond the significant positive impacts that a solar facility alone can produce, by co-locating solar energy generation and regenerative agriculture. Chris Ann Lunghino collaborates closely with all team members to tell the story of our innovations as they evolve. Chris also oversees Regenerative Energy® EcoMetrics implementation and reporting, working jointly with Restore the Earth Foundation.

Loran Shallenberger

Loran Shallenberger

Regenerative Energy®️️ Project Manager, Silicon Ranch

Loran Shallenberger handles project-specific land management needs across Silicon Ranch’s fleet of projects, in collaboration with our producers and land managers, while also assisting with the ongoing development of the Regenerative Energy®️️ platform. Loran, who has seven years’ experience in holistic planned grazing, is regenerating farmland in the Bells Bend neighborhood of Nashville, Tennessee with the help of his cowherd and their calves.

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Lemuel Miller

Agrivoltaic Technician I, Silicon Ranch

Lemuel Miller supports the solar sheep grazing program and development of the Regenerative Energy®️ Snipesville Ranch. Lem comes to Silicon Ranch with a wealth of experience managing livestock, from swine to cattle, beginning at the age of seven when he first raised and exhibited swine in regional livestock competitions.