Solar Panels, White House?
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SOLAR SYSTEMS QUIETLY INSTALLED AT WHITE HOUSE COMPLEX
Solar energy has returned to the White House complex, with three solar installations
completed last summer. An 8.75 peak-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system was
installed on a National Park Service maintenance building on the White House
grounds. The system feeds electricity into the White House electricity grid.
On the same building, a residential-scale solar water heating system provides
hot water for landscape maintenance personnel. The third installation is
a five-panel, building-integrated solar hot water system on a cabana roof
next to the presidential pool and spa. This system heats water for a hot
tub and shower, with any extra energy going into the outdoor pool. When asked
why a bigger splash hasn't been made about these installations, James Doherty,
an architect with the National Park Service White House Liaison Office, said
that the Park Service doesn't like to advertise what it does at the White
House. "We call it 'silent stewardship,'" he said. Environmental Building
News, Jan 2003, p 3, by Alex Wilson. [Full text: http://www.buildinggreen.com/news/white_house.html
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