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Farmers benefit from the sun

Tommy Dollar Tommy Dollar
Rick McCaskill Rick McCaskill
BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) -

The City of Bainbridge is using solar panels to generate energy and jobs. One man who says he's saved thousands of dollars after switching to solar.

As the government continues to push a trend of renewable energy, solar panels are beginning to pop up around Bainbridge.

"We're a good place to do it," said Rick McCaskill Development Authority Exec. Director. "We're pretty flat and that helps. And we had land available.  So we were tickled that we were chosen."

McCaskill says they're working to complete a 1,000 acre solar panel farm that could power close to 21,000 homes.  But it's not just big solar projects.  "Our farmers have really embraced solar and really are utilizing areas on their farms that they can to put solar in."

Dollar Farm Products CEO Tommy Dollar says he decided to install solar panels on existing buildings to offset their energy costs.

"We see this as an opportunity to harvest another crop. And that crop is sunlight," said Tommy Dollar, CEO Dollar Farm Products.  

Sunlight that provides energy for peanut and corn dryers. "We can see directly that our electricity is several, several thousand dollars per month less than it normally was," said Dollar.
And with the cost of solar panels decreasing dramatically, Dollar believes many more farmers could take advantage of this clean energy source.

"It's hard for us to imagine that you can take sunlight and turn it into cash.  That's what we're doing," said Dollar.

The 1,000 acre project will be completed in December.  McCaskill hopes the vast farm will attract more industries into town. 

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