Brad Lofton’s memory fails him again, and again….

Speaking at the Lake Park Chamber of Commerce 28 January 2011, Industrial Authority Executive Director Brad Lofton remarked about:
The largest solar panel array that we are aware of today in the state of Georgia. That’s 350 kW solar panel array that you’ll be seeing coming out of the ground February first.

Brad Lofton, Executive Director of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority (VLCIA),
speaking at the Lake Park Chamber of Commerce annual dinner,
Lake Park, Lowndes County, Georgia, 28 January 2011.
Videos by Gretchen Quarterman for LAKE, the Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange.

That’s funny, because as readers of this blog may recall, on 18 January 2011 I pointed out to Lofton that:

…actually Dalton, Georgia already has a 365kW solar array installed and in use. That’s larger than the 350 kW array VLCIA has “about to break ground”, and Dalton got theirs without having to take a biomass plant with it.
What’s puzzling about this is it would have been so easy to say, “Now we’ve heard there’s a slightly larger solar array in Dalton, Georgia, but we’re still proud of ours, and ours can expand in two directions.” Why act as if he didn’t know about something slightly larger?

At least this is better than his previous memory failures in which he claimed people hadn’t met with him when they had, or claimed that because somebody had met with them that meant they were in favor of the biomass plant. He was much more civil this time.

Anyway, as I’ve said a number of times, including directly to the VLCIA board, I’m in favor of the VLCIA’s solar array, and I’m all for making it bigger, although I think there are other solar projects that could involve local businesses without even needing to trade them land.