August 16th, 2013 | Simcha Weinstein | Comments Off on Solar Panels at the White House
It looks like 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is about to become a little sunnier, with the addition of solar panels to one of the more well-known and established homes in the neighborhood – the White House. According to the Washington Post, installation has already begun on fitting the President’s residence with solar panels. This is part of a larger plan for the White House that is intended to improve the overall energy efficiency of the building. The panels will be American-made.
This fulfills a promise the President made back in 2010, when he declared that the White House would install about 50 solar panels for the residence. According to a White House official, “the panels will demonstrate that historic buildings can incorporate solar energy and energy efficiency upgrades, and that the panels are estimated to pay for themselves in energy savings within eight years.”
The President pledged during his recent Climate Change Speech at Georgetown University, that the federal government would target to have 20% of its electricity come from renewable resources by 2020. While 50 new solar panels added to the White House won’t quite hit the target, it’s a good start and the symbolism alone can have a powerful effect.
Recent reports on solar power have indicated that this is the perfect time for any residence to look at the addition of solar power, with panels and their installation being at record low costs right now. Perhaps this move by the President will inspire some other homeowners to make the move as well.
Here’s to sunnier days.