Solar company offers White House PV panels

According to The San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland, Calif.-based Sungevity has sent a letter to President Obama offering to install photovoltaic (PV) panels on the White House roof for free. Former President Carter installed PV panels on the White House in 1979, but they were dismantled in 1986.

To gain Obama's support, Sungevity has launched the Globama campaign, which features a petition that supporters can sign; the petition is available at www.solaronthewhitehouse.com. The company states it will send the petition to the president once it has received 10,000 signatures.

Sungevity representatives claim the company's 102-panel, 17.85-kilowatt rooftop PV system would reduce the White House's electric bills 81 percent, or $1,610, per month.