recommended reading

The White House Has Solar Panels ... Again

White House via YouTube

President Obama is working to make good on his promise for an "all of the above" energy strategy—and close to home. On Friday, while Obama was promoting renewable energy plans in California, the White Houseunveiled an array of solar panels installed on its roof.


The installation of the solar panels is the culmination of a four-year-long effort by alternative-energy advocates to bring the panels back to the White House. Yes, back. In 1979, then-President Jimmy Carter had solar panels installed, to much conservative eye-rolling. In 1986, Ronald Reagan had the panels taken down, but they found a new home at Unity College in Maine. In 2010, the anti-climate-change group brought back one of the Carter administration solar panels to the White House as part of an effort to re-install the panels.

White House officials couldn't install the panels across the entire roof because of "security concerns"—in other words, they'd impede the Secret Service snipers who hang out on the White House roof.

Some people don't like how the panels look.

And while the energy produced by the White House panels may not be all too significant—they'll generate an estimated 6.3 kilowatts worth of energy—the message it sends is. As 350's leader noted at the time, first lady Michelle Obama's vegetable garden inspired many people to start their own backyard plots.

A White House staffer in the video notes that solar energy has created 23,000 jobs in the U.S. over the past year, and that every four minutes a new business or homeowner "goes solar." If solar panels can be installed on the most prestigious house in America, maybe other Americans will stop thinking of them as an eyesore.

Threatwatch Alert

Thousands of cyber attacks occur each day

See the latest threats


Close [ x ] More from Nextgov

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Data-Centric Security vs. Database-Level Security

    Database-level encryption had its origins in the 1990s and early 2000s in response to very basic risks which largely revolved around the theft of servers, backup tapes and other physical-layer assets. As noted in Verizon’s 2014, Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)1, threats today are far more advanced and dangerous.

  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

  • PIV- I And Multifactor Authentication: The Best Defense for Federal Government Contractors

    This white paper explores NIST SP 800-171 and why compliance is critical to federal government contractors, especially those that work with the Department of Defense, as well as how leveraging PIV-I credentialing with multifactor authentication can be used as a defense against cyberattacks

  • Toward A More Innovative Government

    This research study aims to understand how state and local leaders regard their agency’s innovation efforts and what they are doing to overcome the challenges they face in successfully implementing these efforts.

  • From Volume to Value: UK’s NHS Digital Provides U.S. Healthcare Agencies A Roadmap For Value-Based Payment Models

    The U.S. healthcare industry is rapidly moving away from traditional fee-for-service models and towards value-based purchasing that reimburses physicians for quality of care in place of frequency of care.

  • GBC Flash Poll: Is Your Agency Safe?

    Federal leaders weigh in on the state of information security


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.