SolAmerica Energy, an Atlanta-based solar development and construction firm, has announced the recent completion of a 1.3 MW solar project on farmland owned by former President Jimmy Carter in Plains, Ga.
According to SolAmerica, Carter leased a 10-acre site in his hometown to the company for development of the solar project, which will provide over 50% of the power needs of the City of Plains.
In a press release, Carter, an early advocate and leader of the renewable energy movement during his tenure in the White House, comments, “Rosalynn and I are very pleased to be part of SolAmerica’s exciting solar project in Plains. 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.”
As president, Carter created the U.S. Department of Energy and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and signed the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) – all catalysts for the advancement of renewable energy in the U.S. Carter was also the first president to put solar panels on the White House.
SolAmerica developed, engineered and installed the single-axis tracker solar array on Carter’s farm property in Plains. Over the next 25 years, the system is projected to generate over 55 million kWh of clean energy in the city.
George Mori, SolAmerica executive vice president, says, “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 with Georgia Power, this project will help expand the growth of renewable energy assets in Georgia, while contributing to the overall economy of Plains,” adds Mori.
Photo courtesy of The Carter Center