Solar panels return to White House roof

Solar panels torn down by Ronald Reagan in one of his first acts as US president have been returned to the roof of the White House.

Some two decades after Mr Reagan’s short-sighted decision solar panels first installed under president Jimmy carter have returned to the iconic Washington DC building.

The move was announced by America’s energy sectary, Steven Chu, yesterday (October 5) and has the full backing of current president Barack Obama.

Mr Chu said: “As you know, president Obama has a strong commitment to American leadership in solar technologies and the jobs they will create.

“We’re taking an important next step, as we move toward a clean energy economy, the White House will lead by example.

“I’m pleased to announce that, by the end of this spring, there will be solar panels and a solar hot water heater on the roof of the White House.

“These two solar installations will be part of a Department of Energy demonstration project.

“The project will show American solar technology is available, reliable, and ready to install in homes throughout the country.”

Luke Walsh

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