Turning on Wiregrass Solar –Col. Ricketts

At the February VLCIA board meeting, Col. Ricketts said groundbreaking for the solar plant is scheduled for February 21st with production less than two months after that.

Here you can see his timeline slide.

It’s a bit hard to read, but he mentioned at least these items:

  • Site preparation starts 16 Feb 2011.
  • Groundbreaking Monday 21st Feb 2011.
  • Commissioning ceremony and turn the switch on Wednesday 16th April 2011.
Apparently deploying a solar plant takes a lot less time than some types of projects. You can watch and listen to his presentation:

Regular monthly meeting, Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority
Norman Bennett, Roy Copeland, Tom Call, Mary Gooding, Jerry Jennett chairman (absent),
J. Stephen Gupton attorney, Brad Lofton Executive Director,
Allan Ricketts Program Manager, 15 February 2011. Videos by John S. Quarterman for LAKE, the Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange.

Nice looking mounts they’re using, although the angle in the picture is inappropriate for our latitude. Maybe they’re adjustable.

Curious how if VLCIA shouldn’t be the front man that Col. Ricketts always seems to be the front man for anything having to do with Sterling Planet.


2 thoughts on “Turning on Wiregrass Solar –Col. Ricketts

  1. matthew richard

    you note that “Colonel” Ricketts is the public face of the VLCIA. my guess is that the military fetish (irrational devotion) that exists in the south . . . anything a military man says is deemed trustworthy. Ollie North comes to mind . . .

  2. Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange

    Ricketts actually asked me not to call him Col., rather Allan. As I told him, it’s my practice to use the highest honorific anyone has earned.
    Yes, he’s one of the public faces of the VLCIA. They seem to depend on his organizational expertise, which is what colonels are supposed to be good at. However, operations isn’t all that’s needed for an Industrial Authority. “Jobs, jobs, jobs” isn’t good enough, as I reminded them Tuesday: http://lake.typepad.com/on-the-lake-front/2011/02/why-jobs-jobs-jobs-isnt-good-enough.html
    The VDT reported on an example of the problem the other day, leaking water and sewer lines causing traffic and pollution problems due to growth without enough planning: http://lake.typepad.com/on-the-lake-front/2011/02/uncontrolled-growth-and-water-problems.html

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