White House Goes Solar

The installation of solar panels on the roof of the White House was finally finished in May 2014. As is the way with many government processes, this took a while, with the whole project beginning in 2010.

President Obama announced that the installation of solar panels was a part of his desire to expand solar energy throughout the country. The White House previously had solar panels during the presidency of Jimmy Carter, but this is the first time that they have been brought back since Reagan removed them almost three decades ago. The panels don’t cover the entire roof, but only a portion of an undisclosed location.

White House spokesman Matt Lehrich said in an e-mail to the Associated Press that this installation is “part of an energy retrofit that will improve the overall energy efficiency of the building. The retrofit includes the installation of energy-saving equipment such as updated building controls and variable speed fans, as well as 6.3 kilowatts of solar generation.”

The President has also said that around $2 billion will be used to push toward more energy efficient federal buildings by 2016. The Energy Department has also launched training programs at community colleges in order to help more workers get into the solar industry.

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