By Fredrica Syren:
Last week President Barack Obama, a big supporter of solar technology and renewable energy, unveiled new solar panels on The
White House. It’s a symbolic gesture of the President’s climate action plan, but also a way to demonstrate that solar energy is possible for any situation or house, even in historic buildings such as the White House. According to White House officials, the cost of the installation will pay for itself within eight years, just like most solar panel installations.
It’s not the first time the White House has had solar panels. They were first installed by President Jimmy Carter but removed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986. U.S. Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz supports the solar panel installation, and says it sends a strong message that solar is here and we are doing it and we can do lots more. Solar energy is a key part of our clean energy future.
The president already has convinced over 300 companies, builders and other groups to agree to increase the amount of solar they install. Yahoo, Ikea and Walmart are the big names that have committed to increase their use of solar energy. Home Depot is creating a residential solar learning center at some of their stores nation wide.
Solar power definitely is part of the United States’ future and is increasing rapidly in the U.S., with a business or homeowner installing solar panels every four minutes. As solar power business grew, 23,000 new jobs were created last year.
It’s great to finally see a world leader inspiring and pushing for alternative energy as one step to combat global warming. The White House’s solar panels are a huge symbolic step that will inspire and encourage more people and businesses to go solar.