Evander Solarfield? Evander “the green deal” Holyfield? Could be.
Atlanta’s former heavyweight boxing champion says he plans to build a solar
energy farm on 40 acres of his property in Fayette County. The project,
which is in the preliminary stages, would generate solar power for
commercial sale, and would take six to nine months to complete, according to
Deborah Pointer, who says she helped put the deal together for Holyfield.
“I’ve never had a problem being lean,” Holyfield said, “now I’m the lean,
green fighting machine.”
Holyfield said his motivation for the project is “to do something right,” by
helping to combat global warming.
Holyfield, who has faced financial difficulties including foreclosure on his
property, said he hopes to make money from the venture. But he said that it
is not his main motivation.
“When you do what’s right it’s going to benefit you,” Holyfield said, “but it
touches more than financial.”
A spokesperson for Georgia Power said the utility company is interested in
buying solar power from customers. The likely size of Holyfield’s proposed
project, however, could make that more complicated.
“I think it would be fantastic news,” said Walter Brown, chairman of the
Georgia Solar Energy Association. The amount of power a project of that size
would produce, he said, would be significant.
Emory University has ended its investigation of a professor who the school said admitted to creating a fake identity in order to write letters to Jewish journals and gain access to a members-only listserv of an international, Orthodox rabbinic group.
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