Here comes the sun: White House to go solar
Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 9:51 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Solar power is coming to President Obama’s house.
The most famous residence in America, which has already boosted its green credentials by planting a garden, plans to install solar panels atop the White House’s living quarters. The solar panels are to be installed by spring 2011, and will heat water for the first family and supply some electricity.
Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the plans Tuesday in Washington at a conference of local, state, academic and nonprofit leaders aimed at identifying how the federal government can improve its environmental performance.
Former Presidents Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush both tapped the sun during their days in the White House.
Carter in the late 1970s spent $30,000 on a solar water-heating system for West Wing offices.
Bush’s solar systems powered a maintenance building and some of the mansion and heated water for the pool.
Published in The Messenger 10.05.10