From Peanuts to Energy: The Jimmy Carter Photo voltaic Farm

Visitor “anatomy of inexperienced propaganda” by David Middleton

An previous highschool pal of mine posted this text on his Fb web page over the weekend:

Former U.S President Jimmy Carter Builds A Photo voltaic Farm To Energy Half His Hometown.
Posted on: September 25, 2019

A real chief at coronary heart, eternally giving energy to the folks. Actually.

The 39th President of america (1977-1981), Jimmy Earl Carter, supported the photo voltaic vitality business when he put in 32 panels within the White Home for water heating 1979.

“A era from now, this photo voltaic heater can both be a curiosity, a museum piece, an instance of a highway not taken, or it may be only a small a part of one of many biggest and most enjoyable adventures ever undertaken by the American folks,” he had mentioned [1]. 

One in all his predictions did come true as photo voltaic vitality has develop into of the fastest-growing vitality industries on the planet. At present, the 94-year-old’s photo voltaic has a photo voltaic farm that’s supplying 50% of all of the vitality utilized in his dwelling city of Plains, Georgia [2]. He signed a 25-year Energy Buy Settlement (PPA) with Georgia Energy to increase the expansion on clear, renewable vitality within the state.


In response to estimations from the corporate, the photo voltaic panel will proceed to generate large quantities of vitality if properly-maintained yearly, with a goal of 55 million kWh over the following 25 years. The expertise is state-of-the-art, with highly effective single-axis photo voltaic trackers put in to direct the panels in the direction of the sunrays. This may maximize vitality seize and scale back labor depth.


The carbon footprint within the city can be massively diminished with the distribution of fresh vitality. Photo voltaic vitality can provide each industrial and home equipment it’s equipped to, and it’s particularly simple to take care of the farms. It’s freely out there from the solar day by day and when it’s frequently cloudy within the wet seasons, the vitality reserves would nonetheless be sufficient to cater to the folks’s energy wants.


The Hearty Soul

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“A photo voltaic farm that’s supplying 50% of all of the vitality utilized in his dwelling city of Plains, Georgia”… Until all the automobiles, vans and tractors are EV’s, the photo voltaic farm will not be supplying 50% of the *vitality* used within the city.“When it’s frequently cloudy within the wet seasons, the vitality reserves”… What “vitality reserves”?

My pal in Connecticut is a Republican and a YUGE Trump supporter, so he’s not one to hawk inexperienced propaganda. However, he’s a musician… He could not have picked up on the absurdity of this.

My first thought of Jimmy Carter’s Peanut Photo voltaic Farm was: Unmitigated Horst Schist! My second thought was that I wanted extra data. So, I turned to the at all times hilarious Clear Tecnica’s Steve Hanley…

Jimmy Carter Builds 1.three Megawatt Photo voltaic Farm For His Hometown Of Plains, Georgia

February 14th, 2017 by Steve Hanley

Initially revealed on Photo voltaic Love.

Jimmy Carter, America’s 39th president, left workplace underneath a cloud. His presidency was eternally tainted by his well-known speech to the American folks advising them to put on sweaters in a time of rising vitality costs. He was additionally made to look weak by Ronald Reagan and his band of merry pranksters when a mission to rescue the American hostages in Iran was aborted on account of sand moving into the engines of the helicopters.

Reagan later sprang his “October Shock” simply earlier than the election in 1980.


Whereas in workplace, Carter put in 32 photo voltaic panels on the roof of the White Home and a photo voltaic sizzling water heater.


Shortly after Reagan occupied the White Home, he had the photo voltaic panels ripped out and thrown within the trash. You’ll be able to watch a brief video about one among America’s first photo voltaic initiatives under.

Now Carter has leased 10 acres of land close to his dwelling in Plains, Georgia. Working with SolAmerica, a 1.three megawatt photo voltaic farm has been constructed on the land. Every year, it’ll provide greater than 55 million kilowatt hours of fresh vitality to the residents of Plains — greater than half the city’s annual electrical consumption.

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Was that higher than the Hearty Soul article? Peter Quill says…

Every year, it’ll provide greater than 55 million kilowatt hours of fresh vitality to the residents of Plains — greater than half the city’s annual electrical consumption.

Plains, Georgia has a inhabitants of about 500 folks. I actually doubt they’re consuming 100 million kWh of electrical energy per yr.If Plains, Georgia had no clouds and the solar shined 24/7/365, 1.three MW would solely generate 11.four million kWh.

When all else fails, examine the web site of the corporate that constructed the photo voltaic farm.

SolAmerica Vitality Launches 1.three MW Photo voltaic Undertaking on President Carter’s Farm in Plains, Georgia
Former President and renewable vitality advocate Jimmy Carter leases 10-acre website to assist harvest the facility of the solar

January 27, 2017 – Atlanta, GA – Atlanta-based SolAmerica Vitality (“SolAmerica”), a number one photo voltaic growth and building agency, might be having a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newest photo voltaic venture, on February eight, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. to Midday (Japanese) in Plains, Georgia. Former President Jimmy Carter leased a 10-acre website in his hometown to SolAmerica for growth of the 1.three MW photo voltaic venture, which is able to present over 50% of the facility wants of the Metropolis of Plains.


SolAmerica developed, engineered and put in the single-axis tracker photo voltaic array on Carter’s property. Over the following 25 years, the system is projected to generate over 55 million kilowatt hours of fresh vitality in Plains.



So, the Hearty Soul failed to incorporate some important numbers and CleanTecnica’s Steve Hanley conflated issues within the wrongest manner conceivable. 1.three MW producing 55 million kWh over 25 years works out to a 19% capability issue. The Jimmy Carter Peanut Photo voltaic Farm was anticipated to generate a mean of about 5,900 kWh/d, overlaying greater than half of a tiny city’s electrical energy demand. But, it doesn’t present up on the EIA map of Georgia vitality infrastructure.

Determine 1. GEORGIA State Profile and Vitality Estimates (EIA)

If I pan out, we will see that there are different photo voltaic producing stations inside about 100 km. To the south, close to Albany, there’s a USMC Logistics Base photo voltaic array, to the northwest, there’s a US Military photo voltaic array at Fort Benning and to the north, there’s the 101 MW White Pine Photo voltaic, LLC facility. Since its first full month in operation, White Pine has averaged a 23% capability issue. Throughout sunny months, it ranges from 25-31%. “When it’s frequently cloudy within the wet seasons,” it ranges from 12-19%… with no vitality reserves, as there aren’t any battery services anyplace close by.

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Determine 2. Photo voltaic producing stations “close to” Plains.

Georgia has one 1 MW battery facility (+ image northwest of Atlanta), nowhere close to Plains.

Which state is the one buried in photo voltaic farms?

The mass of photo voltaic services to the northeast of Georgia stands out like a Solyndra chapter. The California of the Southeast is North Carolina.

North Carolina solar energy producing stations.

Certainly, North Carolina should get most of its electrical energy from solar energy!

North Carolina electrical energy era by supply (EIA).

Solar energy accounted for lower than 7% of North Carolina’s electrical energy era in September 2019. Fossil fuels (61%) and nuclear energy (29%) accounted for 90% of North Carolina’s electrical energy era. “Certainly you may’t be severe!”

Concluding Remarks

I may have found out what the actual numbers had been from the Hearty Soul and Clear Tecnica articles, but it surely was extra enjoyable to do it the best way I did it. The Jimmy Carter Peanut Photo voltaic Farm doesn’t present up on the EIA map as a result of it most likely isn’t in operation but. However, I doubt that the Hearty Souls notice this… And I significantly doubt that almost all Fb readers would have acknowledged the idiocy of the article.Sure, I do know North Carolina isn’t in Georgia… However every time I see a map coated with photo voltaic PV services… I simply must do the mathematics.

Dan Ackroyd as Jimmy Carter… A Basic!

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