Shortly after turning down a request to restore the Carter-era solar panels on the roof of the White House, President Obama announced new units will be installed soon. The project is out for bid by local companies. The scope of the project has not been announced so we’re not sure how many Kilowatts will be generated.
If you’ve ever walked by the White House, you’ve noticed the activity on the roof so it can safely be assumed there won’t be a great deal of clutter added to the roof.
And with all the offices and unknown security-related electronics beneath that roof, I doubt any solar application can cover the consumption of that building. However, every little bit counts. In a discussion with my local passionate environmentalist: “everyone should be required to have solar panels on their roof”. There’s some validity to that statement, although inflammatory, because if we all had a small amount of renewable energy generation capacity, it would take significant load off the fossil-fuel-powered grid.
Here’s what they had to say: “President Obama has said the Federal Government has to lead by example in creating opportunity and jobs in clean energy. By installing solar panels on arguably the most famous house in the country, his residence, the President is underscoring that commitment to lead and the promise and importance of renewable energy in the United States.”
There are lots of options out there for installing solar on your property. Some even allow you to rent or lease the units, keeping the out-of-pocket costs low. It would be nice to eliminate my $80/month electric bill, it’s just hard to swallow a $10,000 investment to do so.