Obama Considering Solar Panels For White House
By Dolores M. Bernal, NEWS JUNKIE POST
A plan to make the White House more energy efficient may be on the works.
At a press conference on Thursday, President Barack Obama was asked by a reporter if he was considering adding a “wind turbine” or solar panels to the White House. The president had been meeting with CEO’s from energy companies during the afternoon to discuss their projects for building clean technology.
“I was just talking to Secretary Chu about how he is going to consult with these outstanding folks to figure out how we can improve energy efficiency here,” Obama answered.
The reporter pressed on and asked when such a plan would happen. “I just told you — we’re moving. Come on, guys…I don’t have a date certain,” Obama replied as he left the podium.
Some $346 million in stimulus money has been allocated to get US companies to develop and create energy efficient technologies. Obama has been an avid advocate for energy efficient appliances and household products such as lamps and lighting equipment. The president believes that in order to save money, the country must first begin looking at its utility bills and find ways to cut back and save money and electricity.
Energy conservation efforts at the federal level began in 1975, that’s when the federal government set forth the first conservation standards for appliances. It wasn’t until 2007 that the regulations were amended once more to tighten the standards for lamps and other lighting equipment. A third round for improving these standards is in motion.
But the big projects to build an energy efficient infrastructure for the country are the ones that will take big federal spending. On Thursday, Obama and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu awarded multimillion loan guarantees for renewable energy projects to two companies that will develop wind energy technologies and storage: Nordic Windpower USA, based in Idaho and Beacon Power in Massachusetts.
“These projects represent the innovative technologies that will help America reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and fight climate change, while moving the nation closer to meeting President Obama’s goal of doubling renewable power,” said Chu in a statement.
The spending is expected to pay off soon, according to Obama. The companies that are receiving the loan guarantees are also about creating jobs.
“Even as we face tough economic times, even as we continue to lose jobs, the CEOs here told me that they’re looking to hire new people, in some cases to double or even triple in size over the next few years,” Obama said at the press conference. “They are making money and they are helping their customers save money on the energy front.”
Watch Obama’s speech from 7/2/09