Former POTUS Jimmy Carter has built a solar farm in his hometown and it now powers half of the entire city.
Pretty remarkable, we must say!
Carter’s 3,852 solar panels on his solar farm provide a staggering fifty percent of his hometown’s needs in Plains, Georgia…
And the solar field generates 1.3mw of power per year!
Carter explained, “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.”
Now, Carter has been an advocate for clean energy since the late ’70s.
“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,” he once said.
Carter was actually the first United States president to install thirty-two water heating solar panels on the White House in 1979 and he was also one of the earliest advocates for clean energy.
But, when the next president – Ronald Reagan – moved into the White House, the solar panels were swiftly removed and the president had a little less passion for clean energy.
However, while Reagan somewhat opposed to the water-heated solar panels during his 2 terms as president of the United States, other Presidents shared the same enthusiasm that Carter had for a cleaner environment. Forty-third President George Bush also installed solar panels, and Barack Obama proudly moved into the White House in 2009 and kept the solar panels installed.
“Carter was so far ahead of the curve, it is scary.”
His followers even saw him as an environmentalist ahead of his time.
The former president also set up a campaign to help eradicate Guinea worm disease.
”I want to make it clear, if there is ever a conflict between environmental quality and economic growth, I will go for beauty, clean air, water, and landscape.”
Cater’s environmental legacy has not been forgotten, in fact, as well as installing solar panels, he also signed some important environmental legislation.
At first, earlier on in his presidency, Carter signed the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977, which put some controls on the devastation surrounding strip mining. Further down the line, he signed 2 more pieces of important legislation including the Superfund law, which encouraged the clean up of hundreds of hazardous waste sites around America, and the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, expanding both national parks and wild refuge sites.
Carter now leases ten acres of his land to the solar company SolAmerica, based in Atlanta, who hope the United States sees this way of sourcing energy as the way forward, significantly reducing the costs for residents living and helping save the planet.
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