In 1979, during the U.S. energy crisis, then President Jimmy Carter had 32 solar panels installed to heat water. He was really ahead of his time and he's never stopped supporting clean, renewable energy.
This year, Carter leased 10 acres in his hometown of Plains, Georgia, to be used as a solar farm. Solar development company SolAmerica finished the project and now it has the ability to meet more than half of the town's energy needs. That keeps a lot less greenhouse gases from going into the atmosphere over time.
This June, the Carter family also had 324 solar panels installed in the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, which will generate about 7% of the library's power.
"Distributed, clean energy generation is critical to meeting growing energy needs around the world while fighting the effects of climate change," Carter said in a SolAmerica press release. "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.