Inside the White House: Solar Panels

Inside the White House: Solar Panels


(Cheery melody of
bells and strings) Secretary Moniz: Solar panels
on the White House I think are a really important
message that solar is here. We are doing it. We can do a lot more. I am very bullish on the future
of solar energy as a key part of our clean energy future. James Doherty: The size of the
array that we established here is the typical size for the
average American house. Being at the White House, we do
have some security concerns. We can’t cover the
entire roof with panels, though that would be good from
an energy-saving standpoint. (Laughter.) Cyrus Wadia: Everything from the
solar components to the inverter technologies to the labor that
put the panels on the roof was all America. Domestic source,
domestic maintenance. It serves as a symbol that
America technology in solar is available, it’s reliable,
and it’s ready for millions of Americans across the country. James Doherty: So the first
thing what we did was we drilled down into the concrete and then
basically epoxied a series of threaded rods back up
through the baton tops. We then were able to install
a series of grids for a subassembly upon which the solar
panels could then be secured. Secretary Moniz: Clean energy
revolution is not something for the distant future. It’s happening right now
and we want to capture that. Cyrus Wadia: Every four
minutes, some small business or home owner is going solar. In a sense, we’re going through
a transition here and the industry is going through a
transition that we’re just seeing the beginning of. Minh Le: The President is
basically doing what Americans all across the nation
are doing right now. They’re making the conscious
choice to look for renewable energy like solar as
the cheaper, cleaner, and preferred energy source
for their homes and families. Cyrus Wadia: You know, we need
to diversify the clean energy portfolio as articulated in the
President’s Climate Action Plan, which we are actively
engaged in now. And we also need to spur the
economic sectors of the future. Last year alone we created over
23,000 new jobs in solar energy. James Doherty: Obviously the
more that we can install renewable energy sources,
the better off not just the White House is, but the
nation is and so is the whole planet.

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