Commuters passing through Shelby Farms on Walnut Grove can easily see the Agricenter's 5.5 acres of gleaming solar panels. "The Agricenter has a half-billion-dollar impact on this community. We directly or indirectly support 2,500 jobs. People don't realize the importance of Agricenter," president John Charles Wilson says. "They don't realize the kind of research we're doing here, and the more than 30 different companies we're working with."
When the Agricenter's Wilson saw how successful the programs were, he decided to build a 56-panel solar array of his own.