The White House is currently having solar panels installed, an official has revealed.
In a statement to the Washington Post the staffer, who preferred not top be named, said the move was “part of an energy retrofit that will improve the overall energy efficiency of the building”.
In 2010, then energy secretary Steven Chu said a tender process had begun for the installation of 20-50 panels.
No details on the specification of the install or the companies involved have been revealed other than to confirm that they are “American-made” panels.
They said the installation “will help demonstrate that historic buildings can incorporate solar energy and energy efficiency upgrades, [and] is estimated to pay for itself in energy savings over the next eight years”.
Democratic President Jimmy Carter installed 32 solar thermal panels in the late 1970s. President Ronald Reagan had them removed.