President Jimmy Carter (D) has leased ten-acres of his farmland to SolAmerica Energy for a 1.3-megawatt solar farm. SolAmerica recently held a ribbon cutting at the new power field, which is expected to generate 50 percent of the town’s electricity.
“Distributed, clean energy generation is critical to meeting growing energy needs around the world while fighting the effects of climate change. I am encouraged by the tremendous progress that solar and other clean energy solutions have made in recent years and expect those trends to continue,” said Carter.
Carter has long been familiar with solar power. He was the first President to install solar panels on the White House in 1979 and Habitat for Humanity, which he founded, also is using solar in numerous locations. So it’s fitting that Carter brought a solar farm home.
“We are honored to work with President Carter and his family on this project in Plains, as President Carter’s leadership on renewable energy matters is well known and much appreciated in our industry. Through a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Georgia Power, this project will help expand the growth of renewable energy assets in Georgia, while contributing to the overall economy of Plains,” said executive vice president of SolAmerica George Mori.
Carter was instrumental in promoting renewable energy early on and during his tenure created the Department of Energy and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), as well as signed the Public Utility Regulatory Act (PURPA) into law.
While the 32-panel solar thermal array installed on the White House was used to heat water in the presidential pool and promote Carter’s new energy and environmental policies, the new solar farm will provide electricity via photovoltaic panels. At that time, he used the array to show the American people ways to create and conserve their own energy during the infamous Arab oil embargo which created an energy crisis across the country.Tweet