United Renewable Energy hosts solar energy tour for Dalton leaders

photo Bill Silva, president of United Renewable Energy, and Alex Stahl with the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce look at the solar array at Textile Rubber and Chemical Co. in Whitfield County, Ga. The array is placed atop a industrial landfill.

DALTON, Ga. - Gray skies and the occasional rain shower may have put a damper on production Friday, but the dreary weather didn't stop solar energy proponents from predicting a sunny future for Dalton.

"There is no other place in Georgia where you can take a 10-mile tour and see this kind of installation of solar energy," Bill Silva, the president of United Renewable Energy, told about 50 people gathered in southern Whitfield County.