White House Solar Installs Solar Panels

How Solar Panel Installation Will Pay for Itself

The solar panel installation experts and renewable energy enthusiasts at Save a Lot Solar were inspired to learn that the Obama administration has begun to put up American-made solar panels at the White House.

Solar Panel for the White House

Image By Susan Sterner [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Back in 2010, President Obama made a commitment to renewable energy and said he would eventually install solar panels in the White House. But now it’s actually happening. The project was done in part to “demonstrate that historic buildings can incorporate solar energy and energy efficiency upgrades.” It should, by estimates, pay for itself in savings in just eight years. 20 to 50 solar panels will be retrofitted.

Climate activists, such as Bill McKibben of a solar advocacy group called 350.org, are thrilled. But President Obama is not the first White House denizen to “go solar.” In fact, President Carter installed 32 panels in the 1970s to heat the White House’s water. In 1986, President Reagan took the solar panels down. But then President George W. Bush, in 2003, put in a photovoltaic system in addition to two thermal units to warm the swimming pool in the White House.

According to the Washington Post, when Carter put in the first panel back in 1979, he wondered whether it would be “a curiosity, museum piece, an example of a road not taken, or… a small part of one of the greatest and most exciting adventures ever undertaken by the American people.”

In the decades since, solar technology has diversified and expanded in remarkable new directions. Plus, the cost of solar energy has plummeted down to 97% of what it was back in 1979. Over 1.3 million homes in United States now get their electricity via the sun.

The Obama administration has engaged on a number of fronts to create and support renewable energy. The administration set a target date of 2020 to ensure that all federal government operations – including military – get 20% of their energy from renewables. The White House claims credit for saving 7 million gallons of gasoline over the past few years – the equivalent, according to the Washington Post “of permanently removing 1.5 million cars from the road.” The federal government has dropped its greenhouse gas emissions by 15%, per the Post, and doubled the number of hybrid vehicles in the federal government’s fleet of trucks and cars.

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Home solar power is a reality – not an exotic fantasy. Whether you want to “go solar” to save the environment or just to save money and increase the value of your home, we at Save a Lot Solar would love to talk with you. Give us a call today at 510-332-4971 or email us now to set up a free consultation.