Peanuts in Energy: Jimmy Carter Photo voltaic Farm

Visitor "Anatomy of Inexperienced Propaganda" by David Middleton

An outdated highschool pal posted this text on his Fb web page this weekend:

Former US President Jimmy Carter is constructing a photo voltaic farm to energy half of his hometown.
Printed on: September 25, 2019

A real chief at coronary heart, all the time empowering the folks. Actually.

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

"In a technology to any extent further, this photo voltaic water heater can both be a curiosity, a museum piece, an instance of a route not taken, or it’s only a small a part of it." one of many best and most fun adventures ever undertaken by the American folks. ," He stated [1].

One among his predictions got here true as a result of photo voltaic vitality has turn out to be one of many quickest rising vitality industries on the earth. As we speak, the 94-year-old photo voltaic has a photo voltaic farm that provides 50% of all of the vitality utilized in his hometown of Plains, Georgia [2]. He signed a 25-year energy buy settlement (PPA) with Georgia Energy to extend the expansion of unpolluted and renewable vitality within the state.

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Based on firm estimates, the photo voltaic panel will proceed to generate large quantities of vitality if correctly maintained annually, with a goal of 55 million kWh over the subsequent 25 years. The expertise is state-of-the-art, with highly effective single-axis photo voltaic trackers put in to direct the panels towards the solar's rays. This can maximize vitality seize and cut back the depth of labor.

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Town's carbon footprint can be enormously decreased with the distribution of unpolluted vitality. Photo voltaic vitality can energy each industrial and family equipment to which it’s provided, and it’s notably straightforward to keep up farms. It’s freely accessible from the solar day by day and when it’s repeatedly cloudy in the course of the wet seasons, the vitality reserves would nonetheless be ample to satisfy the vitality wants of the folks.

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The Hearty Soul

"A photo voltaic farm that gives 50% of all of the vitality utilized in its hometown of Plains, Georgia" … Except all vehicles, vans and tractors are electrical automobiles, the photo voltaic farm doesn’t present 50% of * vitality * used within the metropolis. "When it’s repeatedly cloudy in the course of the wet seasons, the vitality reserves" … What "vitality reserves"?

My pal in Connecticut is a Republican and a supporter of YUGE Trump, so he’s not one to mow inexperienced propaganda. However he’s a musician … He might not have understood the absurdity of this.

My first thought of Jimmy Carter's photo voltaic farm was: Horst Schist unmitigated! My second thought was that I wanted extra info. So I turned to Steve Hanley, nonetheless hilarious from Clear Tecnica…

Jimmy Carter builds 1.three megawatt photo voltaic farm for his hometown of Plains, Georgia

February 14, 2017 by Steve Hanley

Initially posted on Photo voltaic Love.

Jimmy Carter, 39th American president, left workplace underneath a cloud. His presidency was eternally marred by his well-known speech to the American folks advising them to put on sweaters throughout instances of rising vitality costs. Ronald Reagan and his gang of merry pranksters additionally made him appear weak when a mission to rescue American hostages in Iran was interrupted because of the sand penetrating the engines of the helicopters.

Reagan subsequently launched its "October shock" simply earlier than the 1980 elections.

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Throughout his tenure, Carter put in 32 photo voltaic panels on the roof of the White Home and a photo voltaic water heater.

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Shortly after Reagan occupied the White Home, he had the photo voltaic panels torn off and thrown within the trash. You possibly can watch a brief video on one of many first U.S. photo voltaic initiatives under.

Now Carter has rented 10 acres of land close to his residence in Plains, Georgia. In collaboration with SolAmerica, a 1.three megawatt photo voltaic farm was constructed on the land. Annually, it would present greater than 55 million kilowatt hours of unpolluted vitality to residents of the Plains, greater than half of town’s annual electrical energy consumption.

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CleanTecnica

Was it higher than the Hearty Soul merchandise? Peter Quill says …

"Annually, it would present greater than 55 million kilowatt hours of unpolluted vitality to residents of the Plains, greater than half of town’s annual electrical energy consumption.

Plains, Georgia has about 500 residents. I actually doubt that they devour 100 million kWh of electrical energy per 12 months.If the plains, Georgia had no clouds and the solar was shining 24/7/365, 1, three MW would solely produce 11.four million kWh.

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

SolAmerica Vitality Launches 1.three MW Photo voltaic Challenge at President Carter's Farm in Plains, Georgia
Former president and renewable vitality advocate Jimmy Carter rents 10-acre website to assist harness the facility of the solar

January 27, 2017 – Atlanta, Georgia – SolAmerica Vitality ("SolAmerica"), a number one firm in photo voltaic growth and building, primarily based in Atlanta, will host a ribbon slicing ceremony for its newest photo voltaic mission on February eight, 2017, in from 11:00 a.m. to midday (Japanese time) in Plains, Georgia. Former President Jimmy Carter has leased a 10-acre website in his hometown to SolAmerica for the event of the 1.three MW photo voltaic mission, which can provide greater than 50% of the plains metropolis's electrical energy wants.

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SolAmerica developed, designed and put in the only axis monitoring photo voltaic generator on the Carter property. Over the subsequent 25 years, the system is predicted to generate greater than 55 million kilowatt hours of unpolluted vitality within the plains.

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SolAmerica

So the Hearty Soul failed to incorporate some important numbers, and Steve Hanley of CleanTecnica made issues essentially the most possible. 1.three MW producing 55 million kWh over 25 years represents a capability issue of 19%. The Jimmy Carter Peanut photo voltaic farm was anticipated to generate a mean of round 5,900 kWh / d, protecting greater than half of the electrical energy demand of a small city. Nonetheless, it doesn’t seem on the EIA map of Georgia's vitality infrastructure.

Determine 1. Profile of the State of Georgia and Vitality Estimates (EIA)

If I pan, we are able to see that there are different solar energy vegetation inside 100 km. To the south, close to Albany, there’s a photo voltaic panel from USMC Logistics Base, to the northwest, there’s a U.S. military photo voltaic panel at Fort Benning and to the north, there’s a 101 MW facility at White Pine Photo voltaic, LLC. Since its first full month of operation, White Pine has had a mean capability issue of 23%. In the course of the sunny months, it varies from 25 to 31%. "When it’s repeatedly cloudy in the course of the wet seasons", it varies from 12 to 19% … with out vitality reserves, as a result of there is no such thing as a battery close by.

Determine 2. Solar energy vegetation "close to" Plains. Georgia has a 1 MW battery set up (+ image northwest of Atlanta), nowhere close to Plains.

What state is that buried in photo voltaic farms?

The mass of photo voltaic installations in north-eastern Georgia stands out as a chapter in Solyndra. Southeast California is North Carolina.

North Carolina solar energy vegetation.

Definitely, North Carolina should get most of its electrical energy from photo voltaic vitality!

Electrical energy manufacturing in North Carolina by supply (EIA).

Photo voltaic vitality represented lower than 7% of North Carolina's electrical energy manufacturing in September 2019. Fossil fuels (61%) and nuclear vitality (29%) accounted for 90% of North Carolina energy technology. "Absolutely you may't be severe!"

Last remarks

I may have found out what the actual numbers for Hearty Soul and Clear Tecnica had been, however it was extra enjoyable to do it like I did. The Jimmy Carter Peanut photo voltaic farm doesn’t seem on the EIA card as a result of it’s in all probability not but operational. However, I doubt the Hearty Souls notice it … And I critically doubt that the majority Fb readers would have acknowledged the article's idiocy. Sure, I do know North Carolina isn’t in Georgia… However each time I see a map lined in PV photo voltaic installations… I simply should do the maths.

Dan Ackroyd as Jimmy Carter… a traditional!

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