Solar Panels On its way back to the White House

In 1979, President Jimmy Carter installed solar panels atop the White House. Those panels were removed during the administration of President Ronal Reagon and placed in storage. In the early 1990’s faculty and staff at Unity College, in Unity, Maine found the panels and brought them back to their campus as a symbolic gesture. Sixteen of the panels were refurbished and heated water in the cafeteria at Unity College until 2003.

Yesterday was the 45th anniversary of Unity College, a college founded by Unity area residents in 1965 with an environmental focus. It is commonly known as “America’s Environmental College.”

On Tuesday, the panels began their journey back to the White House.

350.org founder Bill McKibben and a group of Unity College students will start driving one of the original Carter panels from Maine down to Washington, D.C. to encourage President Barack Obama to reinstall solar panels at the White House.

McKibben is challenging President Obama to install his new set of panels on October 10 as part of 350.org’s 10/10/10 Global Work Party, a day when millions of people across the planet will get to work on climate solutions.

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