A mini-saga looks set to end as the White House will once again have a small solar thermal and PV system put on part of the building’s roof area. Although it is not known which manufacturer’s technology will be deployed as part of what the U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said was a Department of Energy demonstration project, ‘American solar technologies’ would be used.
Secretary Chu and Nancy Sutley made the announcement during CEQ’s 2010 GreenGov Symposium, which is bringing together leaders from Federal, state and local governments, nonprofit and academic communities and the private sector to identify opportunities around greening the Federal government.
“President Obama has said the Federal Government has to lead by example in creating opportunity and jobs in clean energy,” said Sutley, chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. “By installing solar panels on arguably the most famous house in the country, his residence, the president is underscoring that commitment to lead and the promise and importance of renewable energy in the United States.”
President Jimmy Carter had initially installed a solar thermal system at the White House, only to have his successor, President Ronald Reagan, order them taken down.