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With that in mind, I’ve recently been seeking out the best Stocks and Shares ISA investments for 2021 and beyond to add to my portfolio. Best Stocks and Shares ISA investmentsDue to the tax-efficient nature of ISAs, I believe they’re more suitable for holding some investments than others.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Any income or capital gains earned on investments held inside an ISA wrapper doesn’t attract any tax liabilities. This can be especially helpful for higher rate taxpayers, although it will vary from person to person. When considering tax obligations, there’s never a one-size-fits-all solution. Still, I believe that the best Stocks and Shares ISA investments are those companies that can generate capital growth and produce a steady income stream over the long term. I want to focus on companies that I know well and produce products with a substantial consumer following. These include organisations such as AG Barr and Britvic. The former manufactures and sells the Irn-Bru brand. While the latter owns the rights to the Robinsons and Fruit Shoot brands, among others. Britvic also holds a Royal Warrant, which means it’s the fruit juice and soft drinks supplier of choice to the Royal Households.These companies do face challenges though. The sugar tax and uncontrollable ingredient costs have hurt profit margins.However, I think they’ve plenty of opportunities as well. The UK soft drinks market is expected to grow by around 2.5% per annum every year for the next five years. AG Barr and Britvic should be able to capitalise on this growth.The groups also have a good record of returning cash to investors through share buybacks and dividends when profits are high. There’s no guarantee this trend will continue, but I think it showcases both companies’ desire to reward investors. These are some of the reasons why I believe they’re the best Stocks and Shares ISA investments for 2021 and beyond. That’s why I’d add them to my portfolio today.Market leader I’d also buy financial services group IG for my ISA before the end of the tax year. This company, which started out as a spread betting provider, has expanded rapidly over the past few years into areas such as stockbroking. It’s now expanding overseas. The organisation recently announced a large deal that will significantly expand its presence in the US. As the company continues to invest in growth, I think it could produce large capital returns. However, this is far from guaranteed. In the highly controlled financial services industry, regulators can dictate the success or failure of a corporation overnight. That has happened to IG in the past. Regulators banned the selling of highly leveraged trading products to retail investors several years ago, and the firm’s sales plunged. Despite these risks, I’d buy the stock for my portfolio today. As IG builds its brand across the world, I reckon the business is only just getting started. 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I like these FTSE 100 shares with 5%+ yields for passive income Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. See all posts by Andy Ross Learn how you can grab this ‘Top Income Stock’ Report now We think that when a company’s CEO owns 12.1% of its stock, that’s usually a very good sign.But with this opportunity it could get even better.Still only 55 years old, he sees the chance for a new “Uber-style” technology.And this is not a tiny tech startup full of empty promises.This extraordinary company is already one of the largest in its industry.Last year, revenues hit a whopping £1.132 billion.The board recently announced a 10% dividend hike.And it has been a superb Motley Fool income pick for 9 years running!But even so, we believe there could still be huge upside ahead.Clearly, this company’s founder and CEO agrees. Andy Ross | Saturday, 15th May, 2021 | More on: AV NG The Motley Fool UK’s Top Income Stock… Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Address I like the idea of generating passive income from investing in shares that can pay a sustainable dividend yield. Companies with strong business models and a history of returning money to shareholders fit the bill. Sustainable passive incomeAviva (LSE: AV) has been guilty of cutting its dividend. Although in the most recent case, it was told to by its regulator because of the pandemic.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…The dividend has been reset at a lower level than in 2019. From a passive income point of view, sustainable dividends are good, so this might be no bad thing. A smaller dividend that is less susceptible to being cut is, better than a higher yield that needs cutting back in future, I feel.Anyway, with a yield of 5.2% based on the last two dividend payments, Aviva is still a strong dividend payer. Along with the reorganisation of the business, which has seen the insurer sell off many international operations to focus on the UK, Ireland and Canada, I think Aviva is well positioned to deliver ongoing passive income to investors. The risk is that as a smaller, leaner business it’ll generate lower earnings per share, which could put pressure on the dividend.Reliable and regulatedNational Grid (LSE: NG) did not cut its dividend at all during 2020. The steady nature of its mostly-regulated business means its revenues and profits were largely unaffected by the pandemic. Indeed, the dividend went up 2.6%, which against a backdrop of many companies cutting their dividends is no mean feat.The company is, I think, very serious about transitioning into and supporting the green economy. By that I mean energy generated by renewables, such as wind power and solar. For example, this year it has announced it will be acquiring Western Power Distribution (WPD), focusing it more on electricity over gas. WPD is the UK’s largest electricity distribution business.In line with that, National Grid will also look to sell a large stake in National Grid Gas during the course of this year. As with previous large disposals this could lead to a special dividend for shareholders – potentially. That would be good from a passive income point of view.National Grid’s Ventures business, which is unregulated and is building interconnectors between the UK and Europe, could provide growth, alongside the acquisition of WPD.The company’s main attraction, for me, is the dividend. It currently has a dividend yield of around 5.2%.The downside is that most of National Grid’s income is regulated. That makes it harder to raise prices, it has a lot of debt and the WPD acquisition means its UK assets make up more of its portfolio than the US, making it potentially vulnerable to UK-specific issues.National Grid, in my opinion, is a leading FTSE 100 share for providing passive income. That’s why I’ll hold on to my shares. Image source: Getty Images.
This is a Rugby World advertorial.In the second of a four-part series, in conjunction with Microsoft Windows 10, Rugby World welcomes #therugbybeginnerWEEK TWOIt’s a grey, damp, chilly Autumnal evening outside Chateau Eason. Inside, however, things are looking up. I’d made the decision to join a local rugby club. First up, however, I needed to find an establishment that would take on a rugby virgin of modest size, who was well into his thirties and never kicked a rugby ball before. Surely it couldn’t be that hard, could it?With a mug of hot tea in hand I fired up the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and settled in for some serious research.As I mentioned in my opening blog, we’ve recently just moved to a new area so I needed get my bearings first. I used Cortana (Microsoft’s smart personal assistant for Windows 10) to find me a rugby club. Instantly up popped a list of clubs, maps, distances and contact details with links to Southend RFC and Westcliff RFC sitting proudly at the top of the page.Earlier in the week, when taking my son to his weekly swimming lesson, I’d noticed a fellow dad wearing a Westcliff rugby club branded t-shirt, a sign from the rugby gods, surely?It was enough encouragement for me to take the plunge. It didn’t hurt that at the top of their homepage, emblazoned in capital letters was: ‘NEW PLAYERS WELCOME’. Not thinking too much about the actual consequences I picked up the phone and made the call to find out more and introduce myself.I was told training was on Tuesdays, and all new players were more than welcome. Dave Cole, the Fourth XV team captain of Westcliff Bulldogs even said there was no way I’d be getting smashed in training – “at least not yet”, he added with a big smile. I chuckled back nervously. *Catch up next week for Kevin’s first ever training session #therugbybeginner LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS After Dave further reassured me – he’s probably smooth-talked many rookies over the years – I was even more pumped to be starting my rugby journey, even though I was still glued to a comfy armchair.With my head buried into the last few remaining unpacked boxes from the house move, it quickly became apparent I needed the necessary rugby clobber. Even my ancient football boots were in tatters, ahem, from all the goals I’d scored!Dave also mentioned that it would be worth buying a gum-shield and some bodyarmour and a headguard was optional. For training some baselayers and midlayers would also come in handy as winter set in.I grabbed the Surface Pro 3 for some rugby retail therapy, browsing web stores using separate tabs and Snap view meant I could easily surf around and compare prices. Gum shield. Tick. Boots. Tick. Training tops. Tick. It was all coming together.After a few final online purchases and a trip to my local rugby shop, I was finally ready to put my body on the line. The saying, “all the gear, no idea” sprang to mind.*Gulp!*. There was no turning back now… Our blogger Kevin Eason prepares himself for full-contact
ArchDaily Year: United States Ridge House / Cary Bernstein ArchitectSave this projectSaveRidge House / Cary Bernstein Architect “COPY” Projects CopyHouses•United States ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/122490/ridge-house-cary-bernstein-architect Clipboard Ridge House / Cary Bernstein Architect Architects: Cary Bernstein Architect Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Area: 3900 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Save this picture!© Sharon Risedorph+ 13 Share 2008 Photographs Photographs: Sharon RisedorphText description provided by the architects. This new house is sited on a north-facing ridge overlooking the Dry Creek Valley. The site and climate required an architecture that tempers the seasonally intense sun and wind while still engaging the spectacular landscape and views. Save this picture!© Sharon RisedorphRecommended ProductsDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceDoorspanoramah!®ah! PivotEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System – LINEAThe 3,900 sqf house complements and shapes the ridge in both plan and section. Considerations for the variable weather inform the language of the protective, undulating, butterfly roof. All rooms open to the outdoors to reinforce the primary relationship with the ridge. A large deck and continuous exterior walkways create outdoor rooms which expand the experience of the interior and make the narrow footprint feel more spacious. Save this picture!© Sharon RisedorphThe form of the house is a riff on local agricultural (barn) and residential (ranch) typologies. Deflections in the plan, sections and elevations are modern gestures which acknowledge the site topography and relate to the rhythm of the ridge. As the building and its contiguous walkways weave up, down and around the terrain, the project defies reduction to a single image or formalist identity. The landscape deforms the house and paths where they descend the hill and intersect boulders. At the entry, the roof expands to make room for a tree and at the east deck, dissolves into a trellis at to support a wisteria vine.Save this picture!© Sharon RisedorphProject gallerySee allShow less”Random” Project: A101 Urban Block Competition / za bor architectsArticlesAD Round Up: Religious Architecture Part VIArticles Share Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/122490/ridge-house-cary-bernstein-architect Clipboard CopyAbout this officeCary Bernstein ArchitectOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesWoodHousesUnited StatesPublished on March 31, 2011Cite: “Ridge House / Cary Bernstein Architect” 31 Mar 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021.
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Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description 2019 Apartments Architects: Takenaka Corporation Area Area of this architecture project Asahi Facilities Hotarugaike Dormitory KAEDE / Takenaka Corporation “COPY” Products used in this ProjectRenders / 3D AnimationGRAPHISOFTVirtual Building Software – Archicad 23Clients:Asahi Facilities Inc.Landscape:Masayuki Mukouyama, Takeshi TsuchioCity:ToyonakaCountry:JapanMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Tomoki HahakuraText description provided by the architects. This is a project to create a company dormitory for single people. Each employee has their own hobbies and lifestyles. We planned this dormitory as the place they could build intimate relationships and communities within. The site is located in an old residential area. We divided the building volume into six as a three-story building with a reduced height so that it fits the scale of the surrounding houses.Save this picture!© Tomoki HahakuraSave this picture!First Floor PlanSave this picture!© Tomoki HahakuraWe arranged the building volume around the courtyard and set up an open space called “common spot” between them. It will deliver light and wind to the public space and will be a place for communication as residents’ second living room. We have also organized the unit into two compact private rooms and a shared kitchen where they can cook and eat. The shared kitchen can be opened to a public space by a large wooden sliding door.Save this picture!© Tomoki HahakuraThey can share dishes made in the shared kitchen with friends at a common spot. The shared kitchen will create relationships with others, and the community will grow in the dormitory. The dormitory has a variety of space from independent dormitory rooms to open public spaces. We hope that the architecture will allow each resident to choose a place where they feel comfortable and hold a variety of relationships with others.Save this picture!© Tomoki HahakuraSave this picture!Perspective SectionSave this picture!© Tomoki HahakuraProject gallerySee allShow lessGerrit Rietveld Academy and Sandberg Institute / Studio Paulien Bremmer + Hootsmans …Selected ProjectsTCLF Launches $100,000 International Landscape Architecture PrizeArchitecture NewsProject locationAddress:Toyonaka, Osaka Prefecture, JapanLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Asahi Facilities Hotarugaike Dormitory KAEDE / Takenaka CorporationSave this projectSaveAsahi Facilities Hotarugaike Dormitory KAEDE / Takenaka Corporation “COPY” Lead Architects: Japan ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/924712/asahi-facilities-hotarugaike-dormitory-kaede-takenaka-corporation Clipboard Save this picture!© Tomoki Hahakura+ 33Curated by Paula Pintos Share CopyApartments•Toyonaka, Japan Tetsuo Kawai + Yasushi Goda + Shunsuke Daimatsu Manufacturers: GRAPHISOFT, Union, Nagoya Mosaic-Tile, TAIYO ECOBLOXX, Tamiya Photographs: Tomoki Hahakura Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project CopyAbout this officeTakenaka CorporationOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsToyonakaOn FacebookJapanPublished on September 13, 2019Cite: “Asahi Facilities Hotarugaike Dormitory KAEDE / Takenaka Corporation” 13 Sep 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Tagged with: Individual giving Research / statistics About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 16 March 2004 | News 24 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Crusaid in successful match-fund appeal Crusaid, the fundraising organisation and independent grant maker for HIV/AIDS, will be able to assist up to 350 applicants to the Hardship Fund following a successful match-fund appeal run by the charity and the Derek Butler Trust.Following the launch in September 2003 of the “Poverty and HIV” report at the House of Commons, Crusaid established a targeted appeal to raise funds which would be ring-fenced to assist people living in poverty as a result of a positive HIV diagnosis. Crusaid supporters were mailed informing them that for every pound raised through the direct appeal, the Derek Butler Trust would provide an additional £1 in match-funding. As a result of the campaign, £50,000 has now been raised which will be entirely directed into the Hardship Fund, helping some of the poorest people cope while living with the virus. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
Reporters Without Borders has called on the Moroccan authorities to put an end to harassment of local and foreign media in Western Sahara and allow them to work normally.At least ten journalists have been attacked, arrested or even expelled from the city of Laayoune, 1,263 kilometres south of Rabat, since the beginning of April 2005.”It is essential that the Moroccan authorities set out a clear framework for journalists covering Western Sahara, avoiding indirect control methods such as having to inform the interior ministry prior to their arrival in Laayoune”, the organisation said.”The Moroccan authorities swing from one extreme to the other by banning coverage of all demonstrations in Laayoune then chartering a plane two days later to take journalists to lunch with the governor.”Moreover, the security argument is not enough to ban access to the city to reporters. This is a decision for the journalists and their editorial offices. Even in Iraq, the government does not ban journalists from the country or travelling to a particular region,” Reporters Without Borders added.Large numbers of journalists went to Laayoune to cover demonstrations from 24-29 May between Sahrawis and security forces. They were treated in a variety of different ways. Receive email alerts “The next day we went to the offices of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) to do an interview. We had started filming 250 metres away, when police intervened and told us to stop. After taking our papers they told us to follow them to the police post. We were questioned there separately for more than hour hours. “After the questioning, they suggested that we change our programme to meet other people than Sidi Mohammed Daddach whom they presented as not a real spokesman for the Sahrawi people. The people we met along with leaders of other pro-Moroccan human rights organisations is seen by local people, as puppet organisations since they only appear at the behest of the authorities. “We met three chairmen of organisations in one of the most luxurious local hotels. They tried to persuade use that local people were no longer either harassed or tortured, that the street demonstrations had been authorised and that most Sahrawis wanted to be part of Morocco. It was somewhat strange to hear this discourse, after being followed all week by secret police in Laayoune and having been arrested twice. The Moroccan authorities did treat us well and never seized our equipment but they did control our two last days there and prevented us from working independently,” the two Norwegian journalists said. Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists Organisation Correspondent in Morocco for satellite Arabic television al-Jazeera, Abdessalam Razzak, was turned back at the airport without explanation on 27 May. He was only able to return two days later as part of the official visit organised by the governor.At the start of June two more journalists were stopped at Layyoune airport. They were Lahcen Aouad, of the Arabic-language daily Assahifa, and Murad Burja, a freelance photographer. After checking their papers, the airport authorities told them that they were “banned” from the city. They had to wait respectively six hours and two hours before being allowed to enter.Journalist Miguel Ángel Idígoras Urrezola and his cameraman from Spanish television TVE arrived in Laayoune on 28 May. On that day they were prevented from freely filming demonstrations and could not send their report from Moroccan television studios because of “technical problems”. But the next day, after taking part in the visit organised by the governor, they were able to work and send their footage without difficulty.A journalist expelledJournalist on the Basque-language daily Berria, Maria Cristina Berasain, was refused entry to Laayoune on 2 June. Since she had not given her reasons for her visit to the south of the country, she was expelled and police frog-marched her to a plane headed for Agadir some 649 kilometres from Laayoune. Having obtained permission from the information ministry a few days later, she was then refused access to a plane for Laayoune. She said that the Moroccan authorities’ control of news showed that they had things to hide.Two journalists prevented from working independently June 8, 2021 Find out more Freelance Norwegian journalists, Anne Torhild Nilsen and Radmund Steinsvag, travelled to Western Sahara in April to make a documentary on human rights in the region. They did not disclose their profession to the authorities so they could work independently.On 17 April they wanted to film a peaceful demonstration. “I crossed the barricades around the demonstrators and started to film,” Steinsvag told Reporters Without Borders. “Less than a minute later several police officers surrounded me and told me to go elsewhere. Another police officer then arrived and asked to see what I had filmed. I refused and he moved on.”I was looking for a bus when I saw plain-clothes police who were transporting injured people on stretchers. When they realised I was there, they told me to leave. When I refused they dragged me 100 metres and took me to a police post for interrogation before releasing me,” she added. Salama Zoukani, a technician with Laayoune regional television was brutally beaten by security forces on 25 May, who took no notice of his press card. He needed several stitches to a head wound. Police officers also damaged his vehicle.Several journalists were initially prevented from entering the city between 27 May and 5 June, while the authorities organised guided visits and a lunch with the governor to accompany their coverage of the demonstrations. to go further Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara June 16, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists working in Western Sahara face assaults, arrests and harassment Help by sharing this information News News News News April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa April 15, 2021 Find out more
Local News Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp President Joe Biden on Wednesday nominated three postal experts to the governing board of the U.S. Postal Service, a move that could alter the course of an agency grappling with delivery delays and rumored cuts under its embattled Republican leader. If confirmed by the Senate, the Board of Governors nominees would bring additional Democratic scrutiny on Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a major GOP donor whose tenure has been mired by slow service and politicization. The nominees are Ron Stroman, a former deputy postmaster general; Amber McReynolds, a mail voting advocate who leads the nonprofit National Vote at Home Institute; and Anton Hajjar, the former general counsel of the American Postal Workers Union. A White House announcement of the move came just after a long and sometimes tense congressional hearing with DeJoy about the agency’s ailing financial health. “President Biden is committed to the USPS’ success, and these experienced and tested leaders will ensure the USPS is running at the highest of service standards and that it can effectively and efficiently serve all communities in our country,” a White House statement read. Democrats have been pressing Biden to nominate a slate of potential governors who could oust DeJoy. The six members who currently comprise the board were nominated by President Donald Trump. A spokesman for the Postal Service said it “will welcome all qualified members to the Board of Governors.” DeJoy, a prominent supporter of Trump, has come under heavy criticism for a series of operational changes that slowed mail before the 2020 elections. The policy shifts fueled fears that DeJoy was attempting to sabotage the agency on the behalf of Trump, a vocal critic of mail voting, before it handled unprecedented numbers of mail-in ballots. Despite the worries, the agency said, it delivered more than 99% of ballots within five days. After the election, the Postal Service again came into the spotlight as it struggled to handle the holiday season surge of packages and mail, leading to additional condemnation. DeJoy and other postal leaders have acknowledged and pledged to attend to the delays, saying the agency fell short of expectations. DeJoy and the board are finalizing a 10-year plan to revitalize the Postal Service, an independent agency with roots to the 18th century. Asked about rumored cuts during the congressional hearing Wednesday, DeJoy told lawmakers that postal officials are “evaluating all service standards” but declined to offer many specifics. “We need to, frankly, confront the problems we face, be candid and realistic about the magnitude of the solutions we require, and embrace the few, crucial, elements of legislative help we need from the Congress,” DeJoy said. Mark Dimondstein, president of the American Postal Workers Union, praised the nominees and said they represent an experienced group who will oversee any potential changes to the agency’s operations. “The board has the right to hire and to fire postmaster generals, so DeJoy’s certainly going to have to function in a way that he keeps the support of the board,” Dimondstein said. “He’s going to be dealing with some changing dynamics on the board.” ——— Izaguirre reported from Lindenhurst, New York. ——— Associated Press coverage of voting rights receives support in part from Carnegie Corporation of New York. The AP is solely responsible for this content. Facebook Twitter Twitter Previous articleGlobal Anesthesia Gas Blenders Industry (2020 to 2027) – Key Market Trends and Drivers – ResearchAndMarkets.comNext articleGlobal Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia Market Insight, Epidemiology and Market Forecast 2021-2030 – ResearchAndMarkets.com Digital AIM Web Support Pinterest WhatsApp Biden nominates 3 to postal board as delays persist TAGS By Digital AIM Web Support – March 4, 2021
Kelsey O’Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor. More by Kelsey O’Connor Your Economy & Development news is made possible with support from: NEWFIELD, N.Y. — As solar panels in the 30-acre array off of Millard Hill Road in Newfield soaked up Tuesday morning’s sunshine, a new kind of maintenance crew was headed out to work: a flock of about 45 sheep. Though timid about getting out of their trailer and exploring the new surroundings at first — it was their first time leaving their home farm in Enfield — the lambs quickly got to work munching down on the tall grass, clovers, forbs, and other greenery sprouting up between the panels.The solar panels in Newfield were Nexamp’s first community solar project in New York and officially went online last year. According to the company, which has been around about 10 years, the array in Newfield contains more than 23,000 solar panels and they serve about 700 NYSEG customers locally, including 150 in Newfield.Keith Hevenor, communication manager for Nexamp, said bringing sheep to solar arrays is a “win-win-win situation.” He said it’s cheaper for the company to use sheep for maintenance instead of paying for people to mow and maintain 30 acres during the warmer months. He said it’s also a greener solution than bringing in gas-powered landscaping equipment and also safer for the solar equipment. Finally, from the perspective of the sheep farmers, it’s a good additional source of income — and a good source of food for the sheep.As solar farms have been expanding, so have partnerships with sheep farmers because sheep are so well-suited for the task. Unlike goats who will munch on almost anything, sheep stick to grazing on the greenery and not harm any wires or solar equipment.The sheep that were grazing Tuesday are owned by Lexie Hain, of Two Mothers Farm in Enfield. She is also a founding member of the American Solar Grazing Association, a group of sheep farmers that promote grazing sheep on solar installations. She was joined by fellow ASGA member Lewis Fox, of Fox Farms in Cortland. Tagged: american solar grazing association, Newfield, nexamp, sheep, solar, tompkins county Kelsey O’Connor “There’s a lot of interest in this because I think this is the best way to maintain a solar site,” said Fox. “(Sheep) do the best job of maintaining the vegetation. It’s a great relationship I think for them and for us. It’s a great second income stream for us. They can save money on their vegetation maintenance by using sheep and everybody wins.”Fox, who has a flock of about 200 sheep in Cortland, said he has sheep grazing different sites in New York. This year, he said his sheep are grazing between 100 and 120 acres of solar panels.From left, sheep farmers Lewis Fox, of Fox Farms in Cortland, and Lexie Hain, of Two Mothers Farm in Enfield. Both are members of Agrivoltaic Solutions and the American Solar Grazing Association. (Kelsey O’Connor/The Ithaca Voice)From left, Lexie Hain and Lewis Fox let out about 45 sheep Tuesday, May 21, to graze at the solar array off of Millard Hill Road in Newfield. (Kelsey O’Connor/The Ithaca Voice)Despite Ithaca being more cloudy than not throughout the year, Hevenor said solar panels can still generate a lot of power. The solar array in Newfield is one of Nexamp’s largest facilities in New York, generating about 7.5 megawatts of power.“You’d think if there’s not enough sun, you’re not going to get enough energy but the efficiency of today’s solar panels really makes it easy to capture enough energy … averaged out over time, average sunshine. Even in Upstate New York, there’s enough sun generated. It doesn’t have to be direct sun. Even a little bit of cloud cover, there is sunlight getting through,” Hevenor said.In another week, more sheep will join the flock and bring the total number closer to 90 sheep. Until about October, the solar farm will be their home. The sheep farmers will herd them, and provide water and minerals, but the solar panels will offer plenty of shelter and shade for the season.All images by Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca Voice.