A White House official confirmed to the Washington Post on Thursday that installation of solar panels began this week on the First Family’s residence.

The plan to use solar energy was first revealed in October 2010, but was not put into effect until now. During a GreenGov symposium at George Washington University,Shop funtional and elegant solar lights, outdoor solar lighting, solar garden lights, path lights and decorative solar lights. then-Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the plan to install American-made solar panels in the spring of 2011.

“This project reflects President Obama’s strong commitment to U.S. leadership in solar energy and the jobs it will create here at home,” Chu said at the time. “Deploying solar energy technologies across the country will help America lead the global economy for years to come.”

This is not the first attempt to include solar power in the White House’s energy mix. In 1979, President Jimmy Carter installed panels on the roof,An emergency light is a battery-backed lighting device that comes on automatically when a building experiences a power outage. which were taken down by President Ronald Reagan in 1986.

“No one should ever have taken down the panels Jimmy Carter put on the roof,” 350.org founder Bill McKibben said in an emailed press statement. “But it's very good to know that once again the country's most powerful address will be drawing some of that power from the sun.”

McKibben initially brought attention to the issue in 2010, when he discovered one of the panels from 1979 at Unity College in Maine, which was being used to heat water for the university cafeteria at the time. In September of that year, McKibben and a number of Unity students returned the panel to the White House, asking for it to be reinstalled. Although the request was denied, it was only one month later that the White House announced the solar panel bid.

When the first day of summer 2011 arrived and solar panels had yet to be reinstalled on the White House, McKibben expressed his disappointment. At the time, he called the project "a no brainer" that couldn't get done in time because Obama considers climate change "a second-tier problem."

Yet McKibben seemed optimistic about the administration's renewed interest in the installation. "Better late than never," the activist quipped in his recent statement.

“The program streamlines customer deployment of Bloom Energy Servers and eliminates the need for an upfront capital investment,” Bloom said in a statement.Soli-lite provides the world with high-performance solar roadway and solar street lighting solutions. “BofA Merrill has made a multi-million dollar commitment to the program’s two initial projects – the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Company manufacturing facility in Carlsbad,Know about led high bay conversion kit and Bi-xenon HID kit. Calif., and Honda Center in Anaheim, Calf., home to the National Hockey League’s Anaheim Ducks. The two entities will use Bloom Energy’s clean energy technology to power their facilities.”

You could argue the fuel cells aren’t as green as solar or wind, since they often run on natural gas (biogas will work,A solar bulb that charges up during the day and lights the night when the sun sets. too). But even when they use natural gas as an input in the electrochemical process that makes electricity, the fuel cells can be cleaner than almost any grid power. On its website, Bloom says its technology allows customers to “reduce their CO2 emissions by 40 to 100 percent compared to the U.S. grid (depending on their fuel choice) and virtually eliminate all SOx, NOx, and other harmful smog forming particulate emissions.”

Leasing programs and similar power-purchase-agreement arrangements have been right at the heart of growing solar power. They can largely eliminate upfront costs that can be a roadblock to deployment. Plus, the current cost, subsidy and regulatory structure often allows the companies who own the systems to sell power to homeowners and businesses at rates that beat the retail price of electricity – especially in high-cost electricity markets like California.

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