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Former Pres. Carter attends Plains' new solar power plant opening

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PLAINS, GA (WTVM) -

The new solar Array Power Plant in Plains, GA, which will power more than 50 percent of the city, is officially open.  

Former President Jimmy Carter leased a 10-acre site in his hometown for development of the 1.3 megawatt solar project operated by Atlanta-based Sol-America.

Carter was at the ribbon cutting on Wednesday and spoke about what this project will do for the area.

"This will be a site that will be symbolically as important as the 32 pounds that we put on the White House back in 1979,” Carter said. “People can come and see what can be done, and I think it will be an inspiration for farmers, for small towns, and for everybody that wants to shift to renewable energy."

Carter was an early advocate and leader of the renewable energy movement during his time in the White House.

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