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Solar Project On Jimmy Carter’s Farmland To Help Power Plains

Former President Jimmy Carter smiled as he is awarded the Order of Manuel Amador Guerrero by Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela during a ceremony at the Carter Center  Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, in Atlanta. The award, named for Panama's first president,  is given to recognize distinguished people in  the areas of politics, science and the arts. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Former President Jimmy Carter smiled as he is awarded the Order of Manuel Amador Guerrero by Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela during a ceremony at the Carter Center Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, in Atlanta. The award, named for Panama's first president, is given to recognize distinguished people in the areas of politics, science and the arts. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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An Atlanta solar company plans to announce completion of a project in former President Jimmy Carter’s hometown.

SolAmerica Energy officials say the project was built on 10 acres of farmland that Carter owns and leased to the company.  Carter, who is 92, is set to attend an event on Wednesday marking the project’s completion.

Carter said in a statement that he’s pleased to play a role. Solar technology has long been an interest of Carter’s. He was the first president to have solar panels installed while in the White House.

The company estimates the project will provide more than half of the power needed in the southwest Georgia city of Plains. Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter both grew up in Plains and still have a home there.

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