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Petition Forms to Get Solar Panels on the White House

Activist organizations, and have banded together to gather signatures for a petition to put solar panels on the White House and other presidential homes around the world.
By Samantha Schwartz
July 2010 Web
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In 1979, President Jimmy Carter installed solar panels on the White House roof. They were removed in 1986 under the Reagan administration.
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In early 2010, activist organization, an international campaign that’s building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis, started a petition to get solar panels on the White House.

In April, Sungevity offered to donate and install panels on the White House roof. On October 10, 2010 , and Sungevity will send the signed petition to President Obama. On this day, more than 1,000 groups will hold work parties to celebrate energy solutions and remind leaders to “get to work” on climate change.

Solar panels are not new to the White House. On June 27 1979, President Jimmy Carter had a 32-panel system installed on the White House roof.

Under the Reagan administration, the panels were removed during routine maintenance of the roof. President Reagan claimed the panels were too expensive to reinstall.

Currently, a solar panel on a White House maintenance shed serves the White House grounds, and solar thermal systems heat the pool and hot tub. President George W. Bush installed these panels in 2002 at the request of the National Park Service.

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