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U.S. White House Installs Solar Panels

U.S. White House Installs Solar Panels

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As part of an energy retrofit meant to improve the building’s overall energy efficiency, the United States White House will be getting solar panels to offset at least some of the iconic structure’s electrical demands.

But the move to install a renewable energy source at a very notable location in the U.S. may help to do a lot more good in the long run than just through the electricity they generate, just by their very presence at the home of the President of the United States.

According to the Washington Post, an official with the White House confirmed that solar panels are now being installed, almost three years after the plan was announced.

“The officials did not identify the supplier or cost of the project, but wrote the White House “has begun installing American-made solar panels” and the initiative, “which will help demonstrate that historic buildings can incorporate solar energy and energy efficiency upgrades, is estimated to pay for itself in energy savings over the next eight years.” – Washington Post

Solar panels were originally installed at the White House in 1979, by President Jimmy Carter, only to be removed under President Reagan’s watch in 1986. In 2010, Bill McKibben and 350.org began the long journey that ended up with a pledge to install solar panels on the building as a demonstration of the administration’s commitment to renewable energy sources.

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