Harnessing the Power of the Sun: Jimmy Carter’s Solar Farm Revolutionizes Energy in Plains, Georgia

Former President Jimmy Carter has taken a remarkable step towards a sustainable future by building a solar farm in his hometown of Plains, Georgia. With a total of 3,852 solar panels spread across 10 acres of land, this solar farm now powers half of the entire city, providing an inspiring example of clean energy innovation in action.

Carter has long been a champion of clean energy, even during his time as President in 1979 when he installed 32 thermal solar panels on the roof of the White House. Unfortunately, these panels were later removed by President Ronald Reagan. However, Carter’s dedication to clean energy was unwavering, and he finally realized his vision with the creation of the solar farm in Plains, Georgia.

Carter is not the only President to endorse solar power. President George Bush and President Barack Obama both installed solar panels at the White House as a symbol of their commitment to renewable energy. In 2014, President Obama reinstated a 6.3-kilowatt array of solar panels on the White House roof, further emphasizing the importance and potential of solar energy.

“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 a small part of one of the greatest and most exciting adventures ever undertaken by the American people; harnessing the power of the sun to enrich our lives as we move away from our crippling dependence on foreign oil.” – Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter

Powering a Community with Sunshine

Carter’s solar farm boasts an impressive array of 3,852 solar panels capable of generating 1.3 megawatts of power on a sunny day. This energy supply is sufficient to meet 50% of the electricity needs of Plains, Georgia. While one megawatt typically powers 400-900 homes, solar panels tend to produce slightly less energy in practice.

“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.”- Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

Leading the Way and Involving the Community

Thanks to a partnership with SolAmerica, Carter was able to turn his vision into a reality. This Atlanta-based energy company believes that Carter’s solar farm is a significant step forward and hopes that the rest of the United States will follow suit. The project serves as a shining example of how renewable energy sources can benefit both the environment and local communities. By leasing his land to the solar energy company, Carter has also helped reduce costs for the residents of Plains, Georgia, making clean energy more accessible to all .

“There remains a great deal of untapped potential in renewable energy in Georgia and elsewhere in the U.S. We believe distributed solar projects like the Plains project will play a big role in fueling the energy needs of generations to come.”- George Mori, Executive Vice President at SolAmerica

Solar Farming Revolution in the USA

The United States has been at the forefront of solar farming technology, blazing the trail for the rest of the world. California, in particular, has led the way with 3.3 gigawatts (GW) of solar energy installed in 2018, accounting for 14% of the state’s total energy production. Solar farms such as Solar Star in Kern and Los Angeles Counties, Topaz Solar Farm in Carrizo Plain of San Luis Obispo County, and Ivanpah Solar in Clark Mountain, California, are just a few examples of how solar energy has transformed the landscape of renewable energy production in the country.


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