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Jimmy Carter Builds Solar Farm To Power Half His City

By Brian Spaen

A former United States president was well ahead of the renewable energy curve back in 1979. During the country’s energy crisis, Jimmy Carter had used solar panels to combat the growing worry of the oil supply being limited. That vision grew into the completion of a large solar farm in Carter’s hometown that fuels half of the community’s energy needs.

The country’s second energy, or oil, crisis created an increase in gas prices until the mid 1980’s. During Carter’s presidential term, he delivered a message for Americans to improve energy efficiency. He introduced solar panels that were responsible for heating water and used a wood-burning stove to decrease energy usage. Those panels were removed by the next president in office, Ronald Reagan, but are on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American history.

While others may not have had the same visions Carter had, he’s always kept energy efficiency in mind. Interestingly enough, Carter had it right when telling the nation that solar panels could be “a small part of one of the greatest and most exciting adventures ever undertaken by the American people.”