Just a month after turning down a group of college students who wanted to put the old Carter-era solar panels back on the White House, the Obama administration has announced that the White House will, indeed, go solar, just with new units.
The White House will become home to a solar PV system and a solar hot water heater by Spring 2011. No word yet on the amount of kilowatts we're talking about here, but it will likely be a modest amount. The DOE is asking companies to submit proposals for the contract, so we'll also have to wait a bit to know who will be responsible for the installations.
Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality said:
"President Obama has said the Federal Government has to lead by example in creating opportunity and jobs in clean energy. By installing solar panels on arguably the most famous house in the country, his residence, the President is underscoring that commitment to lead and the promise and importance of renewable energy in the United States."
We've felt all along that Obama needed to show some personal leadership when it comes to renewable energy and this is exactly the type of thing we were hoping for. We still have a long way to go, but today is an exciting day.
via DOE Release
written by Luca Masters, October 09, 2010
written by Larry Stanley, October 14, 2010
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