Renewable energy is back at the White House after 27 years. It was the fulfillment of a commitment made by President Barak Obama in 2010. Installations of solar panels have already started and this will be combined with an “energy retrofit” of the structure to boost its energy efficiency. During the 1970s President Jimmy Carter had installed solar panels which were later taken down by President Ronald Reagan in 1986.
President Obama is one among the growing energy-conscious Americans who has taken advantage of the cost-saving and eco-friendly benefits of solar energy. According to Zachary Shahan, Director of CleanTechnica, since 2008, solar PV module prices have fallen by 80%. This means that now more American homeowners can opt for a cleaner, cheaper form of energy to power their homes.
Apart from the savings on monthly energy, many solar companies are now offering zero cost installation options which have caused the demand for solar to rise to unprecedented levels.
According to a White House official, the ‘greening’ of White House will also include the installation of new thermostats and variable-speed fans. The project is not only an effort to promote cleaner energy but also to demonstrate that even historic constructions can be made energy efficient by integrating solar energy.
Three years ago, President Obama had stated that he would have solar panels installed in the White House to promote the use of renewable energy generation technology among the Americans.
Environmentalists who had lobbied for the installation have welcomed this move.