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A Clinton man is finding a way to light up the world with green technology. Former teacher Jim Law is tapping solar energy for global power.

A toppled light pole symbolizes decay at the former Savanna Army Depot, which closed its gates for good in 2000. But now, the neglected site is ready to shine again.

Emotional moments on Wednesday as Law announced plans to build a solar farm with his SolRwind business, which opened in 2008.

This will be an $8 million project. There are plans to create more than 200 jobs over the next three years.

"It has an economically rippling effect that goes out," Law said. "That's what we're absolutely thrilled about."

They'll turn old parade grounds into a showplace for solar energy. Construction crews will install 3,500 panels. It will power the site while promoting other global projects in places like Haiti and Africa.

"To work in a cooperative setting is absolutely fantastic," he said. "It's what the American Dream is all about. Right now, we are living the American Dream."

Those panels will harvest solar energy to power the future. It's a future that could turn this place into a real learning center.

Clean energy to boost the local economy. Local designers are ready for hands-on work.

"This is a great possibility for us to grow," said Keith Kube, Linconway Welding.

"Clean energy," added Jeanette Kube. "It's the future."

As collaborators pose by ceremonial shovels, there's plenty of excitement over the project. The first phase should be up and running next spring.

"People look around and see a ghost town," Law said. "But come here in three years, and you'll see a very thriving area."

It could be a bright beginning with solar energy for the faded depot.