Sources are reporting to the Washington Post that the White House has finally followed through on a promise to install a solar energy system on the roof of the most famous residence in the world. The details of the system, including the cost, size and supplier, have been kept under wraps, but it was confirmed that after a delay of three years, contractors had begun installation.
It’s not the first time that solar power has made its way into the President’s home, but it’s certainly the most notable effort to make the White House greener. In the 70’s, Jimmy Carter had a solar water heater installed that was later removed by Ronald Reagan. In 2003, George W. Bush had photovoltaic panels put on a maintenance building, in addition to having two solar thermal systems constructed to heat the White House swimming pool.
But President Obama has been much more vocal about his commitment to renewable energy, and as such has been under greater pressure to see the solar panel project through to completion.
The panels were reportedly made by an American manufacturer, and it’s expected that – through the use of various federal, state and local incentive programs – they will pay for themselves within an eight year period.
“This project reflects President Obama’s strong commitment to U.S. leadership in solar energy and the jobs it will create here at home,” former Secretary of Energy Steven Chu in 2010 told the source in 2010. “Deploying solar energy technologies across the country will help America lead the global economy for years to come.”
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