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.
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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