At Solar America Solutions, we’re always keen to talk about the benefits of solar power and how systems such as our very own SunQuest 250 solar thermal collector panel can be beneficial to America’s place as a leader in renewable energy.
Solar energy is not only beneficial to the environment by helping users reduce their reliance on fossil fuels and nuclear sources as well as reducing harmful carbon dioxide emissions, it can help owners save thousands of dollars in energy bills over a lifetime. Of course, as much as the Solar America Solutions name is growing across the U.S., our message, and the message of solar energy being essential for the future of the planet, doesn’t reach as far or wide as we’d like. Therefore, it would be more beneficial for the solar industry as a whole to have a more well known spokesperson championing the cause, and who better to do this than the 44th President of the United States himself, Barack Obama?
Back in October of 2010, the Obama administration pledged to put solar thermal collector tubes on the White House as a sign of the president’s commitment to renewable energy and solar power in particular. Being someone who would rather show than tell, almost three years later, the installation of these panels has taken place.
The White House confirmed the news last month, with between 20 and 50 panels said to have been installed on the roof of the world’s most famous residence. A White House spokesperson said that the initiative “will help demonstrate that historic buildings can incorporate solar energy and energy efficiency upgrades, while it is estimated to pay for itself in energy savings over the next eight years.”
When the administration first confirmed the embracing of solar energy, then-energy secretary Steven Chu said: “This project reflects President Obama’s strong commitment to U.S. leadership in solar energy and the jobs it will create here at home. Deploying solar energy technologies across the country will help America lead the global economy for years to come.”
The installation of solar panels further solidifies, Obama’s stance on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, and adds to the administrations deployment of hybrid cars and trucks and $2 billion commitment to upgrade federal buildings at no up-front cost to the taxpayer.
The Washington Post, who reported the story, noted that this is not the first time the White House has had solar thermal collectors installed, as President Jimmy Carter has previously had 32 panels installed in the late 70s to provide hot water.
Proof that Solar Power is here to stay
There can be no greater endorsement of solar power than from the most powerful and well known man on the planet and it shows that products like the SunQuest 250 are here to stay. Not only this, it shows that solar energy is fast becoming the number one alternative to fossil fuels and are helping to save the planet with each new solar thermal collector panel that is installed.