Over the years, there have been several United States presidents that have helped increase the viability of the renewable energy sector. Let’s take a closer look at the leaders who have had faith in the power of solar.
Back in 1979, Jimmy Carter directed the installation of 32 solar panels on the roof of the White House. When he unveiled the system, he pointed out that long after he was out of office, the panels would still be producing “cheap, efficient energy.”
George W. Bush
While not as much of a solar advocate as Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush installed a small solar power system on the White House grounds, including panels on the pool’s cabana to help with heating the water.
President Obama was very open about his interest in energy efficiency and promoted the use of renewable energy. This included signing an executive order focused on reducing the federal government’s carbon footprint and establishing a goal of increasing the government’s use of renewable energy to 20 percent by 2020.
On the day of his inauguration, President Biden proclaimed a host of promises, including accelerating a fast-moving shift away from fossil-fuel fired power plants to renewable energy sources and resubmitting the US to the Paris Climate Agreement. Both these moves indicate renewed interest in increasing support for solar. Only time will tell when it comes to how solar will fare in this new administration, but it’s likely to gain increased support. In other words, there seems to be a bright outlook for solar in the coming years.
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