Solar on the White House
by Mike Gaworecki
April 23, 2010
A California company called Sungevity is offering to put a comprehensive solar system on the White House for free. If President Obama is seriously committed to curbing emissions and preventing runaway climate change, there is simply no better way to show the world that commitment than to run his own house — the seat of the most powerful government in the world — on clean, green solar energy.
The company sent a letter to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama telling them that “we need a bold statement from the First Family saying that clean energy works, saves money, creates jobs, and is something ‘I want for my home.’”
Sungevity also has a petition online that you can sign to show your support for solar energy and urge Obama to accept the company’s offer to donate and install a solar system at no cost to the Obamas or American taxpayers.
(An astute reader has pointed out to me that it’s not just Sungevity offering the solar system to the White House, but a "group of solar manufacturers, installers, and solar advocates from across America." Read more here.)
The White House of course had solar panels once before: A 32-panel system was installed in 1979 by President Carter, who said, “A generation from now, this solar heater can either be a curiosity, a museum piece, an example of the road not taken, or it can be a small part of one of the greatest adventures ever undertaken by the American People.” It was of course an example of the road not taken — at least so far. Reagan removed the panels in 1986, but Obama has a chance to rectify that drastically shortsighted mistake.