February 22nd, 2010

Solar Power + Whitehouse. Hey Obama! Lead by Example


One of my favorite tweeples @solarfred has recently started a campaign to get Solar Power on the @whitehouse called Hey, Whitehouse! Where’s the solar PV?

Why hasn’t this happened sooner? We, at The Green Light Distrikt believe this is an amazing idea. Obama, and for that matter ALL public officials who are supporting solar power and renewable energy need to lead by example and put their money where their mouth is. Massachusetts, Colorado, and California come to mind as well. But that will wait for later. For now, let’s focus on the @whitehouse

SolarFred is the type of person we need to driving the movement forward, being proactive and keeping out elected officials in check.

If you believe that we need renewable energy, I urge you to help. Send a couple (by a couple I mean hundreds!) and an email or two.

Here’s how you can help according to Solar Fred:

Plus, there’s nothing like a role model like the President of the United States (or Oprah) to help people to see that solar technology is ready for prime time and makes financial sense.That’s why we’re making this grass roots appeal to President Obama to get some solar panels on the White House again. I hope you’ll join me in sending the President the message below.

Simply copy and paste the text and insert into the president’s email form here. If you’re afraid of email forms, you can directly email our Nobel Prize winning Energy Secretary Stephen Chu at The.Secretary@hq.doe.gov. If you’re on Twitter, why, you can tweet this post to the @whitehouse and to the president’s official spokes-dude, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.  Alternatively, you can tweet this post to Oprah, because she’s a super power too.

Remember, that these people are usually ignoring you, so the more you spread the word, the more it feels like November gets their attention.

As for the letter, I’m purposely going to make this appeal a little quirky and funny, because doing the same old yada, yada, yada bull earnest appeal usually goes into a yada, yada, yada same old bull concerned advocate pile.  Okay? Okay! Here goes. (Oh, and don’t forget to share this post with your friends, family, and pets on Facebook, etc. too.)

Email this part:

RE: Solar, White House, and Bo

Dear Mr. President and Energy Secretary Chu,

Dudes! What’s with the delay of getting solar panels back on the White House?

As you know, your predecessor, President Jimmy Carter, put solar hot water on the Presidential homestead in the 1970’s, but then President Ronald Reagan thought they were unsightly and distasteful to the oil, gas, and coal lobbyists and ripped them off. Bummer, because those panels would still be working and saving tax dollars today.

Now, I know, ironically, that oil man President Bush (Yes, “W.”) allowed the National Park Service to put a solar PV system on a White House maintenance shed, but that’s not, you know, The White House. Frankly, I’m not sure what color that maintenance shed is, LOL! But I digress. A-hem.

The point is, Mr. President, that America needs you to lead by solar example. Could you please at least offset the residential portion of the White House with a solar electric and solar hot water system? There would be so many benefits to this.

As Energy Secretary Chu will tell you, putting up solar panels with today’s “smart” monitoring technology will allow you to show the public a real-time website with the residential White House energy savings and reduced CO2 emissions. You might also inspire more people to take advantage of the 30% solar Federal tax credit and new Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing programs. This, in turn, will inspire me, a lowly registered voter in a battleground state. Not that you should pander to us voters, but isn’t going solar the right thing to do anyway?

So, please go solar, Mr. President; and as a side note, don’t forget to walk Bo.

Respectfully wanting you to lead,

Your name,
City and State.

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About Chris Williams

Chris Williams is the editor of Green Light Distrikt and Chief Marketing Officer at HeatSpring . He has experience in business development, prototyping and new venture research with a focus on geothermal heat pumps, solar thermal and solar photovoltaic technologies. Chris is an IGSHPA accredited geothermal installer and NABCEP certified solar installer. Chris is focused on solving customer facing issues in the creation and adoption of clean energy technologies and products. Chris has installed over 300kW of solar and tens of geothermal systems. He's invented the PV Pal , developed many trainings at HeatSpring, publishes the NABCEP Study Guide , the Hitchhikers Guide to Cleantech and has done due diligence research for Urgent VC . Feel free to connect with him @topherwiliams , on Linkedin , or through email about new ventures, collaborating, writing, research or whatever is on your mind.

  • http://www.yourwelcome.co.uk/acatalog/LEDSpotlights.html led spotlights

    I have to admit, I find it quite surprising that the Whitehouse doesn’t already have solar panels installed. I think it would encourage the cause hugely if they did. Look forward to updates on this story.

  • http://www.thegreenlightdistrikt.com Chris Williams

    I agree! It’s makes us wonder if Obama is for renewables or is just pragmatic. What do you think?


  • P Manke

    I could hardly care less if Barry puts any solar stuff on the White house if it means making other sellout compromises with conservative, old money, save our wealth, GOP carpet baggers. Lets have some meaningful carbon and RE trading legislation available to everyone and based on performance. Where the Pres gets his house power from has no practical or demonstrative value to me or the country and serves as diversion from real legislation. Get OFF IT!

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    The energy from sun is totally natural and has been under usage since the years of 1800.