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Obama Agrees To Put Solar Panels Back On The White House

Obama Agrees To Put Solar Panels Back On The White House

It appears that Obama has finally agreed to walk the alternative energy talk, and install solar panels on the roof of the White House.

“By the end of this spring, there will be solar panels that convert sunlight into electricity and a solar hot water heater on the roof of the White House,” Energy Secretary Steven Chu told a clean energy conference at George Washington University on Tuesday (Reuters).

The decision goes a long way toward demonstrating that renewable energy technology is practical for U.S. homeowners and that fossil fuels are no longer an efficient way to power a home.

Do Over

Renewable energy advocates were shocked last month when Obama officials refused to accept the gift of a solar panel carried to Pennsylvania Avenue by climate activist Bill McKibben.

The panel was a remnant from the solar array that was placed on the White House roof during the Carter administration in 1979. They were removed by President Reagan for “roof repairs” in the 1980′s and never replaced.

Ecopolitology reports that “the offer from McKibben and others was not only for a single 31-year-old solar hot water panel–that panel is more symbolic than anything–it would would also come with an entire solar PV array donated by solar company, Sungevity.”

There’s no word yet on what company the Energy Department will choose supply the new solar array or how big it will be.

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7:05AM PDT on Jun 25, 2011

Thanks for MANY replies. This country can be so upsetting. I think if another Republican gets into office I am going to hibernate until we wake up and have another revolution. Tire of courts that still turn against women, they must hate their mothers. Tired of corporate America looking at us as cannon fodder, their "let them eat cake" attitude makes me think we should cut off their heads and boycott their products. If they are keeping their money overseas maybe they should live there too. Nothing will happen until we hit the streets like they did in Wisconsin and I am ready

5:55AM PDT on Jun 7, 2011

Interesting article, thanks

6:21AM PDT on Apr 27, 2011

REAGAN was never a friend of alternative energy. I heard that he said there was no energy crisis and ordered them removed after he had been in office for 2 weeks! If the roof needed repairs they would have done it BEFORE putting up heavy solar panels!!!! Reagan was such a jerk! Never put an actor in that office again!!!! He was in the early stages of the big A in the last year of his 1st term and had it in when he left offic, His son said so. Every gov't building should lead by example and convert to some form alternative energy just as Congress should have have their salary cut by half. If the ceiling on SS should be raised from 85,000 to 250,000 then add sliding scale and it would be funded til 3010!!!!!! Stop these pigs from feeding at the trough on our money.

10:33AM PDT on Apr 7, 2011

About time!

This President and his Sec. of Energy Dr. Chu, have been nearly as non-supportive of solar power as Bush was. The last President to take the idea seriously was Carter.

Yes it's expensive to install but is the most sustainable form of energy over the long term. In our Western and Southern states about 4KW-hours fall per square meter per day (9-10 squ/ft) and even in Northern cities it would be quite profitable during the summer & fall. Every building and parking lot baking in the sun is potential energy $$ going to waste that we would not have to spend on oil or coal. Plus it's a lot healthier, plus building a national network of solar arrays and improved electric grids to serve them would be a huge stimulus to the economy.

Makes me suspect that behind closed doors, Democrats are almost as vulnerable to the lobbying of giant energy companies as the Republicans are.

8:09PM PDT on Apr 4, 2011

It's about time!

9:11PM PDT on Apr 2, 2011

It's about time the solar panels went back up.

7:04AM PDT on Apr 2, 2011

Uh what the "shocked renewable energy advocates" overlooked was that it is FLATLY ILLEGAL for ANY government official, never mind the President, to accept such a "gift."

The fact that the bushdick regime regularly accepted far more disgusting and major bribes makes it no less ILLEGAL.

What Sungevity and company should have done was donate their system to Habitat for Humanity, and teach the "sweat equity" owners how to install it, in President Obama's name, with a little award sticker or something.

The bushdick regime's COMPLETELY ILLEGAL no-bid contracts to Halliburton for their COMPLETELY ILLEGAL invasions notwithstanding, even the lowest government clerk is not allowed to put a government endorsement on a company or product.

The LEGAL Request for Proposal, bid, and counter-offer procedure, is available in any library. Be prepared to spend the day.

10:23AM PST on Feb 1, 2011

Long overdue. Until the big shots start doing what they are telling us to do and actually start using technology to generate clean energy change will be very slow. I like what Mary P said, "all of Washington should spout panels!" Then people will start paying attention and positive change will come about.

6:57AM PST on Jan 7, 2011

To Nancy: I don't think I ever commented on this solar panel
issue. It just didn't interest me enough. Perhaps you responded to
a different Helen?? Happy New Year!

4:20PM PDT on Oct 11, 2010

THANK YOU, President Obama!! This will make media news coverage, albeit possibly small, as the project continues. Here's hoping that people will take the time to notice and consider where their energy use comes from and look at the alternatives available. Look at what is used in community around them and wonder if other better alternatives would be feasible... We MUST take steps to develop alternate energy sources that will not rape this planet's resources. If we don't start NOW to take steps to use the sun, wind, and develop other eco-friendly energy sources for us now and in our immediate lives, future generations will suddenly come face-to-face with the fact that the damage and destruction done to this planet is no longer irreversible... Do we really want to wish that on ALL - human and animal alike??

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