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The White House has begun installing solar panels

Three years after promising to add solar panels to the White House, the Obama administration is finally delivering. A White House official confirmed to the Washington Post that installation has already begun, part of “an energy retrofit that will improve the overall energy efficiency of the building.” The White House originally announced the installation of 20 to 50 solar panels in October 2010 after pressure from environmental activists. Jimmy Carter originally had a solar heating system installed in 1979, but Ronald Reagan had them removed in 1986. George W. Bush had solar panels installed on a maintenance building, but not on the White House itself.