Here comes the sun: White House to go solar

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Solar power is coming to President Barack Obama's house.

The most famous residence in America plans to install solar panels for the first time atop the White House's living quarters. The solar panels -- which will be installed by spring 2011 – will heat water and supply some of the first family's electricity.

Former Presidents Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush both tapped the sun during their days in the White House. Carter heated water for West Wing offices. Bush solar-powered a maintenance building and some of the mansion, and heated up water for the pool.

Global warming activists last month carried one of Carter's solar panels -- removed in 1986 -- to Washington urge Obama to install solar. The White House has been considering it since Obama took office.

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