Almost 30 years after Reagan removed solar panels from the White House, they are back

Today the Obama administration announced commitments and executive actions to advance solar deployment and energy efficiency


Here is part of the press release

Today, President Obama announced more than 300 private and public sector commitments to create jobs and cut carbon pollution by advancing solar deployment and energy efficiency. The commitments represent more than 850 megawatts of solar deployed – enough to power nearly 130,000 homes – as well as energy efficiency investments that will lower bills for more than 1 billion square feet of buildings.  Additionally, the President announced new executive actions that will lead to $2 billion in energy efficiency investments in Federal buildings; smarter appliances that will cut carbon pollution by more than 380 million metric tons – equivalent to taking 80 million cars off the road for one year – and will save businesses nearly $26 billion on their energy bills; and training programs at community colleges across the country that will assist 50,000 workers to enter the solar industry by 2020. 

The commitments made today build on the momentum that is driving solar deployment and energy efficiency investments all across the country:

  • Last year, about a quarter of new power generation capacity was from solar – second only to natural gas. 
  • Growing deployment, led in large part by the utility sector, has driven down costs: Over the last three years, the cost of a solar energy system has dropped by more than 50 percent – helping to give more and more American families and businesses access to affordable, clean energy.
  • Since the President took office, America has increased its electricity generation from solar more than ten-fold and tripled electricity production from wind power.
  • Since the President took office, the Department of Energy has already put in place appliance efficiency standards that will save American consumers nearly $450 billion on their utility bills through 2030. 

Here is also the video with the solar panels on the White House