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White House to Install Solar Panels

Nearly three years after President Obama's promise, the White House will become the next home in Washington D.C. to install solar panels, a White House official confirmed Thursday.

In 2010, Obama had pledged to install solar panels on the White House as a sign of his commitment to renewable energy.

According to the White House official, who declined to be named, the home is going under an energy retrofit that includes updating building controls and variable speed fans.

This will not be the first time solar panels have seen the White House roof. During Jimmy Carter’s presidency, he installed solar panels that were largely symbolic, though they were sometimes used to heat water.

When Carter installed the piece, he said that it could be a museum piece or an example of a road not taken, but hoped that it could be a small piece of one of the most exciting adventures undertaken by Americans.

“Better late than never–in truth,” climate activist Bill McKibben wrote. “It’s very good to know that once again the country’s most powerful address will be drawing some of that power from the sun.”

Since Carter’s installation, the price of a solar panel has dropped 97 percent. The industry employs over 120,000 people and generates power to 1.3 million American homes.

Sources: ThinkProgress, The Washington Post


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