The White House Goes Solarhttp://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/08/18/the-white-house-goes-solar.aspx Travis Hoium
August 18, 2013
The White House is going solar -- again.
Solar panels were installed on the White House last week, part of President Obama's commitment to use more renewable energy. It wasn't announced who the manufacturer was, but the solar panels were made in the U.S., making this the latest addition to a growing residential solar industry.
It ends a 40-month process that began with Energy Secretary Steven Chu's announcement of the solar installation for the White House. Apparently those soft costs that make solar more expensive in the U.S. than in Germany are magnified when the White House is involved.
We've been here before
President George W. Bush quietly had 167 solar panels installed on a maintenance shed in 2002, and they've been delivering electricity ever since.
The latest installation will be on the White House residence, putting them front and center at the country's most famous address. It is also the biggest symbol in President Obama's effort to get more power from renewable energy.
A sign of the times
For the solar industry, it's a symbol of the progress that's been made since President Carter installed panels in 1979 and President Reagan removed them in 1986. Solar power is no longer a pipe dream of the tree huggers and environmentally conscious engineers; it's a reality that millions of Americans