This is an excerpt from the August 20, 2013: White House installs PV panels, BLM makes solar headway, and Sandia partners on plug and play edition of the SunShot newsletter.
The White House Goes Solar
The White House is going solar, following a 2010 pledge by the Obama administration to install solar panels on the residence. The installation of the panels began last week as part of a retrofit that will improve the overall energy efficiency of the building. The Obama administration is the third to install solar panels on the White House grounds. The array will demonstrate that historic buildings can incorporate solar energy and energy efficiency upgrades.
In the first four years of the Obama administration, American electricity generation from wind and solar power more than doubled. President Obama's Climate Action Plan makes clear that the growth of clean, renewable solar energy remains a critical part of an all-of-the-above energy strategy that reduces harmful greenhouse gas emissions, diversifies our energy economy, and brings innovative technologies on line. The Obama administration has committed to another doubling of the renewable electricity generation from energy resources like solar power by 2020.