Plains, Georgia, is a small town that is just south of Columbus, Macon, and Atlanta and north of Albany. It is the hometown of former United States President Jimmy Carter. On his farmland, there were once nut and soybean crops that would stretch their fingers to the ends of the horizons as if reaching for the unknown. Those have been replaced by 3,852 solar panels that provide clean energy for over half of Plains, GA.
President Carter has always been an advocate for clean energy, and was the first president to put solar panels on the White House. “A generation from now, this solar heater can either be a curiosity, a museum piece, an example of a road not taken, or it can be just a small part of one of the greatest and most exciting adventures ever undertaken by the American people,” Carter said in 1979.
Fast forward almost 40 years later into 2017 and we have President Carter working in tandem with SolAmerica to install solar panels on 10 acres of his farm. The goal is to power most of Plains, GA, which is home to 727 residents. Today, those solar panels provide more than half of the small town’s power. One megawatt translates into enough power to light up 400–900 homes. President Carter’s solar farm can now provide 1.3 megawatts under the right conditions.
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