The White House is going solar – again.

More than thirty years ago, forward thinking President Jimmy Carter had 32 solar panels installed above the Oval Office. In 1986,  President Reagan had the solar panels removed  and let the federal renewable energy subsidies expire.  We suppose the energy crisis had been resolved by then.

Although the White House said solar panels have been in the works since the beginning of the administration, the visit of environmentalist Bill McKibben might have helped move things along. McKibben met with White House officials last month to discuss renewable energy, bringing with him one of the old – but still functioning – solar panels first installed on the White House in 1979.

Read more in this WPost article here, additional information on solar energy here.

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