Vatican gets solar power; should White House follow?

November 26, 2008

 The Vatican (left) is going green from today with a new solar energy system on some roofs to help boost renewable use.

If Pope Benedict can have solar panels, are they something for the White House (right), after Barack Obama takes over as President on Jan. 20?

Former President Jimmy Carter put solar panels on the White House during the oil crisis of the 1970s — his successor Ronald Reagan took them down when the roof was being repaired in 1986 (…a year when oil prices tumbled to below $10 a barrel).

When he got the panels installed, Carter said:  “a generation from now, this solar heater can either be a curiosity, a museum piece, an example of a road not taken, or it can be a small part of one of the greatest and most exciting adventures ever undertaken by the American people; harnessing the power of the sun to enrich our lives as we move away from our crippling dependence on foreign oil.”

So should Obama, who spoke of a “planet in peril” in his victory speech and who says climate change will be a priority, start by bolting on a few solar panels at his new home?




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Posted by Ellen Bateman | Report as abusive

“bolting on a few solar panels” would be a joke. Now is the chance for Obama to show true comitment.

Posted by Jim Dickman | Report as abusive

The Vatican is setting a great example for the rest of us to follow. Photovoltaic cells are an integral part of any emission reduction scheme.

Posted by W. G. Treharne | Report as abusive

Good. Excellent technology Introduction for green roofs.We can save energy by the use of these types of roofs.

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Posted by Lynette Buckman | Report as abusive

FYI: Though its no where near net Zero, there are PV and Solar thermal on the White House Grounds and have been since 2003: g/solarwhitehouse.htm

Posted by Graham | Report as abusive

The church state has become the prime mover for this. This is he time that the government should act and do something on this development. Let’s go green Mr. Obama!!!

Posted by sunny | Report as abusive