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White House Adding Solar Panels And Solar Hot Water In Spring 2011

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For those that have been championing for the White House to support the renewable energy industry by going solar — congrats, today is your day.

The Obama administration announced that in Spring 2011, it plans to install solar panels and a solar hot water heater on the roof of the White House residence. “This project reflects President Obama’s strong commitment to U.S. leadership in solar energy and the jobs it will create here at home,” said Secretary Chu said in a paper statement. “Deploying solar energy technologies across the country will help America lead the global economy for years to come.”

It certainly didn’t look like it would happen anytime soon. Last month, a group led by eco-author Bill McKibben met with administration officials in an attempt to convince the White House to take a greener step forward. They even brought with them a panel from the original array that Jimmy Carter added in the late 70s. Unfortunately, they left with little hope after the officials said that they “would continue their deliberative process to figure out what is appropriate for the White House someday.”

Who would have thought that “someday” would be as soon as next spring?!

Bidding for the project is expected to begin shortly. Of course, let’s not forget that the Globama campaign is still offering a free solar array for the White House valued at over $107,900. We’re sure taxpayers wouldn’t mind something free during these rough economic times.

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