Solar panels back at the White House
It looks like solar power will be returning to the White House grounds after more than 30 years of absence. According to an announcement made today by Secretary Chu (Department of Energy) and Chair Sutley (Council on Environmental Quality), solar panels and solar hot water heaters will be installed as a part of the “greening” of the White House projects. These projects have stemmed largely from last year’s Executive Order, where the President outlined his desire for the federal government to look inward to find energy savings and in doing so lower its environmental impact.
Many have commented on the similarity of this initiative to President Carter‘s solar power installation. During President Cater’s term in office, solar panels were installed on the White House roof, only to be taken down by President Reagan.