Jimmu Carter Solar Farms
Jade Small
Jade Small
November 24, 2023 ·  4 min read

Jimmy Carter built a solar farm in his hometown and it now powers half of the entire city

This solar farm in Plains, Georgia, is quite incredible. The land it’s built on is owned by former President of the United States, Jimmy Carter.

Back in 2017, Carter decided to use 10 acres of land in his hometown in Georgia to create his solar farm. The land which was once occupied by soybean crops and peanuts is now space where 3,852 solar panels are erected.[1]

Carter was an early advocate and voice for clean energy during his time as was President in 1979. History was made that year. He installed 32 thermal solar panels on the roof of the White House. However, those panels were removed when President Ronald Reagan took over the administration. This did not stop Carter’s love for clean energy. Eventually, his solar farm in Georgia became a reality.

Jimmy Carter was the first United States President to Install Solar Panels on the White House in 1979. via Carter Library

President George Bush also installed solar panels at the white house during his presidency. Subsequently, President Barack Obama had solar panels installed as well. In 2014, Obama reinstated a 6.3-kilowatt array of solar panels on the White House roof.[2]

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 a small part of one of the greatest and most exciting adventures ever undertaken by the American people; harnessing the power of the sun to enrich our lives as we move away from our crippling dependence on foreign oil.”

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter
Former United States President Jimmy Carter places a hand on one of the 1979 White House Solar Panels. via Carter Library

Carters Solar Farm Provides Power For Many

As we said earlier, his solar farm holds 8 852 solar panels. The former president told the Sierra Club in 2017 that on a sunny day, these panels could provide 1.3 megawatts of power. This power provides electricity for 50% of the small Georgian town!  According to the U.S. government, one megawatt will supply enough energy to power 400-900 homes, however, watts harnessed by solar panels produce a little less.

3,852 Solar panels generates 1.3 MW of power per year and provide electricity for over 50% of Plains, Georgia.

Distributed, clean energy generation is critical to meeting growing energy needs around the world while fighting the effects of climate change. I am encouraged by the tremendous progress that solar and other clean energy solutions have made in recent years and expect those trends to continue.”

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter

A Step In The Right Direction

Together with SolAmerica, Carter was able to realize his dream. The energy company based in Atlanta says that this is undeniably a step forward and that they hope the rest of the United States will follow this example. This solar farm proves that clean renewable energy is the way forward! Eventually, we should all be using similar sources of energy. Especially if we hope to keep our planet before it’s too late. Carter leases his land to the solar energy company which significantly reduces costs for residents in Plains, Georgia.

Ex President Jimmy Carter leases this land to SolAmerica America energy, which provides power to many of the people residing in Plains, Georgia.

“There remains a great deal of untapped potential in renewable energy in Georgia and elsewhere in the U.S. We believe distributed solar projects like the Plains project will play a big role in fueling the energy needs of generations to come.”

Executive Vice President George Mori – SolAmerica

Solar Farms in The USA

The United States helped pioneer solar farming technology and allowed it to be what it is today. California is one of the front runners, providing 3.3 GW installed in 2018. Furthermore, 14% of California’s energy is from solar farms.[3]

Some of the biggest and most important solar farms in the country include but are not limited to; Solar Star in both Kern and Los Angeles Counties, Topaz Solar Farm in Carrizo Plain of San Luis Obispo County, California and Ivanpah Solar which is in Clark Mountain in California.

Keep Reading: Power Above, Berries Below: Farmers Reap Double Benefits With Solar Power in Fields


  1. Jimmy Carter’s Solar Farm Providing Power for Half of His Hometown.” Intelligent Living. Dan Edel. February 23, 2020.
  2. Jimmy Carter’s solar plant powers half his Georgia hometown.” Inhabitat. Teresa Bergen. February 25, 2020.
  3. Top 10 Biggest Solar Farms in the USA.” Solar Feeds

Correction Notice (05/26/2022): This article previously used the term megawatts (MW) per year which was incorrect. The error has since been corrected.