Solar power project complete in Plains

Solar power project complete in Plains
Updated: Feb. 7, 2017 at 11:03 PM EST
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PLAINS, GA (WTVM) - Homes and businesses in Plains, GA are getting a large portion of their electricity through solar energy.

SolAmerica Energy out of Atlanta has a contract with Georgia Power to supply more than 50 percent of the electricity used across the entire city through solar panels.

The company leased land owned by former president Jimmy Carter to build what it calls its solar farm.

Construction started in October 2016 and is now complete.

SolAmerica's Executive Vice President George Mori says this project is a big deal for the city of Plains.

"Well I think the community is very excited," Mori said. "President Carter had a lot of leadership on the renewable energy while he was in the White House and he's excited."

The ribbon cutting ceremony for the project is Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the solar farm off Main Street in Plains.

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