Fun Fact: Former US President Jimmy Carter Built State of The Art Solar Farm
It’s always fascinating to watch leaders take the helm of something that would be deemed futuristic. Especially when the eyes of the world are watching nearly every moment of your life. Former President Jimmy Carter did just that in 1979.
41 ago Jimmy Carter set up solar panels on the White House. He stated:
"In the year 2000, this solar water heater behind me, which is being dedicated today, will still be here supplying cheap, efficient energy…. 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 just a small part of one of the greatest and most exciting adventures ever undertaken by the American people."
Carter built a 32-panel state-of-the-art system that would heat the water of the presidential residence. He knew the benefits of solar and he wanted to make America more aware of the benefits of owning your own power.
Shockingly, when Ronald Reagan won the presidency, he decided to take down the panels that president Carter had put up a few years before him.
Now those exact panels are displayed on The Smithsonian Institute, the Carter Library, and the Solar Science and Technology Museum in Dezhou, China, and renewable energy has become one of the largest industry sectors in America and the world. Carter is considered the father of this industry as he was undoubtedly decades ahead of his time.
Even at 94 years old, Jimmy Carter still believes in the benefits of solar energy and has installed another solar panel system on his current home in Plains, Georgia. In fact, he feeds the energy to half his town on 3,852 panels.
It’s always fascinating to learn about where we all come from and where the birth of our passion really began. Jimmy Carter really believed in renewable energy and we are clearly very passionate about renewable energy too!
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