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October 06, 2010

Obama Administration to Install Solar Panels on the White House

DOE announced on October 5 plans to install solar panels and a solar water heater on the roof of the White House Residence, the central building in the White House Complex. These two installations will be part of a DOE demonstration project to show that U.S. solar technologies are available, reliable, and ready for installation in homes throughout the country. The solar photovoltaic system will convert sunlight directly to electricity, while the solar water heater will have a solar collector facing the sun that will heat water for use in the residence. DOE will now begin a competitive procurement process to select the company responsible for the installations.

The announcement came on the one-year anniversary of President Obama's Executive Order 13514 on Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance, which called on the federal government to lead by example toward a clean energy economy, as well as to reduce, measure, and report direct and indirect greenhouse gas pollution. To gain momentum from the White House installation, DOE also released "Procuring Solar Energy: A Guide for Federal Facility Decision Makers" to support the use of solar energy throughout the federal government. See the DOE press release and the guidePDF for procuring solar energy.