CNN is reporting that the White House is installing solar panels and a solar water heater. According to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, “This project reflects President Obama’s strong commitment to U.S. leadership in solar energy and the jobs it will create here at home.”
The solar panel system, which should be installed by next spring, will convert sunlight directly to electricity, while the solar hot water heater will have a solar collector facing the sun to heat water for use in the White House residence.
The announcement comes on the one-year anniversary af an executive order signed by the president that called on the federal government to lead in the establishment of a clean energy economy.
Perhaps Obama should investigate adding some wind power to the White House as well!