Sun rises on solar panels on White House roof

May 10, 2014 by Josh Lederman
The South Portico of the White House in Washington on Friday, May 9, 2014. A bevy of solar panels blanketing the roof of the White House is getting its day in the sun. Technicians have finished installing the panels at the nation's most famous address. The milestone completes a project that President Barack Obama hopes will send a clear signal that renewable energy is both feasible and environmentally shrewd. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

An array of solar panels blanketing the roof of the White House is getting its day in the sun.

Technicians have finished installing the panels at the nation's most famous address. The milestone completes a project that President Barack Obama hopes will send a clear signal that renewable energy is both feasible and environmentally shrewd.

The White House won't disclose the number of panels on the roof or how much they cost. But the White House says the panels are expected to generate 6.3 kilowatts of solar power whenever the sun is shining.

The project comes as Obama is seeking to use his personal example to spur Americans to do more to reduce reliance on foreign energy and cut emissions blamed for .

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JimD
1 / 5 (3) May 10, 2014
I wonder how much those panels cost. Current costs for a residential system is about $.70/Watt. I'm betting that the White House system cost at least $500/Watt. Go solar!
Milou
4 / 5 (4) May 10, 2014
If only the solar panels were left on the White House after ex-president Carter left office? Bozo Reagan made sure the environment issues and new technology was not going to be his agenda. Hopefully the new GOP in office (if ever) will not tear them down???
JimD
1 / 5 (1) May 11, 2014
[From AP article by JOSH LEDERMAN, "Let the Sun Shine in on White House Solar Panels"]

"Citing security and other concerns, the White House won't say how many panels now encase the top of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. or how much they cost."

I guess $500/Watt is probably as good an estimate as any since the cost of the system is a matter of security... lol!