Former President Jimmy Carter Just Made a Solar Farm to Power Half His Cit
Stable solar supporter
In 1979, in the midst of the US energy crisis, President Jimmy Carter turned to the country when he installed 32 solar panels that allow solar energy to heat water. He told the country, “This generation of solar energy can now be a curiosity in a generation, a museum piece, an example of an unpaved road, or just a small part of one of the greatest adventures and most exciting ever undertaken by the American people, ”
Carter’s vision for clean, renewable energy was well ahead of his time.
While his successor, former President Ronald Reagan, had the panels removed, Carter and his family continued to work to make these thirty-two panels become part of a much larger story.
Carter rented 10 acres of land in his hometown of Plains, Georgia, to use as a solar farm. In February of this year, solar development company SolAmerica completed the project, which can cover more than half of the city’s energy needs.
It is essentially an act done by a man who drives half of a city.
In June of this year, the Carter family installed 324 solar panels at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, which provide about 7% of its energy.
The power of the people
“Distributed and clean power generation is critical to meeting growing global energy needs while mitigating the effects of climate change,” said Carter in a SolAmerica press release. “I am encouraged by the tremendous progress solar and other clean energy solutions have made in recent years, and I expect these trends to continue.”
Carter’s continued commitment to renewable energy shows the importance of local and individual efforts to reduce humanity’s dependence on fossil fuels, even in the absence of strong national initiatives.
We, the people, have the power.
The Plains Solar Park will produce 1.3 MW of electricity per year, which corresponds to a combustion of approximately 3,600 tonnes of coal. Thus, over time, a significant amount of greenhouse gases can not enter our atmosphere.
Many individuals, communities and even states are working with Carter to move to clean energy sources. Elton Musk, CEO of Tesla, has invested in developing technologies and products that make solar energy cheaper than ever. The US states of New York, California and Washington joined forces to form the US Climate Alliance after President Donald Trump announced that the country would withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement .
These are just a few examples of people and communities working for a sustainable future. And their work is paying off: construction of coal-fired power plants is declining worldwide and a new report suggests that, despite the recent withdrawal, the United States will exceed the objectives of the Paris Agreement. Regardless of the opposition, the whole world chooses an exciting adventure for a bright, renewable (and clean) future.
The future looks good.