White House, NASA Go Solar

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"Carter installed solar panels in '79, but Reagan removed them."

The White House announced plans to install solar panels and a solar hot water heater on the roof. These two solar installations will be part of a DOE demonstration project to show that American solar technologies are available and reliable for installation in homes throughout the country, according to the DOE.

President Jimmy Carter installed solar panels on the White House's West Wing 31 years ago, but they were removed by his successor, Ronald Reagan, reports Bloomberg.

"President Obama said the federal government has to lead by example in creating opportunity and jobs in clean energy," says White House Council Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley.

The DOE will begin a competitive procurement process to select the installation contractor.

This announcement is made on the one-year anniversary of President Obama's Executive Order 13514 on Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance.

Another case in point is NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC), which has begun installing a Sharp 79 KW solar array on the new Propellants North Facility. The solar array will provide enough renewable energy to completely power the facility with zero net energy consumption or carbon emissions annually.

The Propellants North Facility will also qualify for the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification.

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