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By Ryan Houston - bio | email

ALBANY,  GA (WALB) – A South Georgia pecan farmer recently started a new farm. This time his harvesting solar energy.

And he's bringing in enough energy to power up to 40 homes.  Officials agree that Solar power is an untapped resource in Georgia.

It doesn't give off green house gases. And it's a renewable energy source.

Trey Pippin has a solar powered farm. "Basically there 836 solar panels that take sunlight and convert it to a DC charge and DC power is fueled that converts it to AC power," said Solar Farmer Trey Pippen. 

And To put that into simpler terms."Taking sunlight and converting it to electric energy," said Pippen. "I think it's a good demonstration of somebody that's isn't in energy production but gets involved in renewable energy," said Georgia Tech President Bud Peterson.

And the future is looking pretty bright for his idea. "Right now it's paying for itself but we expect in 2 to 3 years. The system will be paid off and turning a profit." said Pippen.

One of the main ideas behind this type of farm was the high cost of farming. "We look at every single option we can come up with to decrease our cost of business and help the environment," said Pippen.

"Well I wouldn't say it's a science because it's very proven technology And That solar technology has a life span of 25 to 30 years," said Pippen. This proves that Mother Nature still has untapped resources.

Now, the solar cell technology that is used to actually produce solar power was developed by a Georgia Tech Professor.

They expect this landmark solar farm to serve as a model in the state of Georgia for large-scale alternative energy projects. ©2010 WALB News. All rights reserved.   Feedback