Following a pledge made three years ago by the President, the White House began installing solar panels as part of an energy retrofit that will improve the overall energy efficiency of the building. The panels are American-made and are expected to pay for themselves in energy savings over the next eight years.
In addition to the new panels, the administration has doubled the number of hybrid vehicles used by federal officials, increased their use of renewable energy to 7 percent, cut their greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent, and devoted $2 billion to energy efficiency upgrades for federal buildings. Already, these efforts have saved the White House approximately 7 million gallons of gas, which equates to taking 1.5 million cars off the road. With the installation of these panels and other efforts being made by the administration, we see efforts toward the President’s goal (set during his climate speech) of having 20 percent of the federal government’s energy use coming from renewable power by 2020.
Source: White House solar panels being installed this week, Washington Post