White House plans Rooftop Solar Installation
White House plans solar installation in effort to show that American Solar is available and reliable
The U.S. government announced this week plans to install solar panels and a solar hot water heater on the roof of the White House. These solar installations, scheduled to be completed by spring of next year, are an effort by the Department of Energy to show that American solar technologies are reliable and available for installation. The deployment of solar energy and other renewable energy sources will help expand U.S. clean energy manufacturing and create new jobs for American workers.
"This project reflects President Obama's strong commitment to U.S. leadership in solar energy and the jobs it will create here at home," said Secretary Chu. "Deploying solar energy technologies across the country will help America lead the global economy for years to come."
"President Obama has said the Federal Government has to lead by example in creating opportunity and jobs in clean energy," said Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. "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."
The Department of Energy is now beginning a competitive procurement process to select the company responsible for the White House solar installations.
History of Solar Installations at the White House
The White House has a history of solar panel installation and removal. In 1979, six years after the OPEC oil embargo and during a time when solar was growing, President Jimmy Carter installed solar panels to provide hot water for the White House. In 1986, during a time when solar industry declined, President Ronald Reagan removed the solar panels from the White House. And in 2003, President George W. Bush installed solar panels on the White House grounds.