White House Solar Panels To Power President's Residence | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

White House Solar Panels To Power President's Residence

Play associated audio
For the first time ever, the president's private residence will be powered by solar panels on the White House's roof.
WAMU/Nathasha Lim
For the first time ever, the president's private residence will be powered by solar panels on the White House's roof.

President Obama has made good on a three-year-old promise to use solar power in the White House.

Solar panels have begun to be installed on the White House's roof, the first time solar power will be used for a president's living quarters. The work makes good on a nearly three-year-old promise by the Obama administration to have panels on the White House by the spring of 2011.

President Jimmy Carter and President George W. Bush both employed solar power, but never for the residence itself. Carter's panels were taken down by President Ronald Reagan.

A White House official would not disclose the share of the residence's power that solar would provide, citing security concerns. The official would say only that the panels were American-made.

NPR

A Puzzle With Everything, Including The Kitchen Sink

Each word provided is an anagram of something you might see in a kitchen. For example, "skin" is an anagram of "sink."
NPR

'Into The Wild' Author Tries Science To Solve Toxic Seed Mystery

Jon Krakauer has long been haunted by how Christopher McCandless died in the Alaskan wilderness. In a scientific journal, he and a chemist show that the seeds McCandless consumed can contain a toxin.
NPR

5 Things You Should Know About Carly Fiorina

The former CEO of Hewlett-Packard once had a stint filing and typing for the company. She also dropped out of law school, survived breast cancer and once ran a campaign ad featuring demon sheep.
NPR

3-D Printers Bring Historic Instruments Back To The Future

You just can't stick a modern mouthpiece on an antique saxophone and get the right sound. The answer could be in the lab.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.