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Solar Panels Offered to President Obama

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: September 1, 2010 Last Updated: September 1, 2010
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SOLAR POWER: Several groups have recently approached President Barack Obama to place solar panels on the White House. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images) )

SOLAR POWER: Several groups have recently approached President Barack Obama to place solar panels on the White House. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images) )

Solar power at the White House could become a reality, as several solar power enthusiasts and firms have approached President Barack Obama to install panels on the building, according to a USA Today report.

President Jimmy Carter placed 32 solar panels on the White House back in 1979 but the system was later removed.

Bill McKibben and a group of environmentalists plan on giving one of those same panels to Obama later on this month during a "Put Solar On It" roadtrip to Washington.

"We're taking them back to the White House…It's time to put these back up," McKibben said on the Late Show With David Letterman.

Under President Ronald Reagan's administration, the panels were taken down in 1986 after the solar tax credits expired.

McKibben, who recently authored the book "Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet", is not the only one trying to get the Obamas to rely on the sun's rays for power.

A group of solar companies, headed by Sungevity, started the website Globama (www.solaronthewhitehouse.com) several weeks ago.

The coalition offered the White House a free array of rooftop solar panels, which they say would reduce its electric bills by 81 percent, or around $102,000.

Even if he doesn't accept the panel(s), President Obama has made a push for renewable energy, and set aside millions of dollars for wind and solar power.




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