Global environmental challenges
But back in 1979, when another Democrat was in the White House, 32 solar panels graced the roof above the Oval Office.
Part of an initiative called “Solar America,” the panels turned sunlight into electricity that heated water in the staff kitchen — which President Jimmy Carter often used. They were removed during Ronald Reagan’s administration in 1986.
Now, one of those presidential solar panels has joined the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC.