President Obama is coming to town tomorrow to visit Solyndra, a solar panel manufacturer in Fremont that received a $535 million federal loan guarantee to build a second plant that will employ 1000 people. Presidents don’t spend a whole lot of time touring factories but, when they do, they select their sites carefully. Sagging auto industry? Visit a GM plant in the mid-west. Need to reassure worried NASA employees that they won’t be losing their jobs? Head for the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
It’s noteworthy that the few manufacturing plants Obama has visited as President have mostly been in the green tech sector–a lithium battery plant in North Carolina, a wind turbine blade manufacturer in Iowa, an electric vehicle research lab in Pomona and, tomorrow, Solyndra. You don’t need Cliff Notes to decipher the symbolism behind Obama’s visits–he clearly believes that clean energy technology is the path to rebuilding our economy, enhancing national security and averting climate chaos.
We’re pleased to welcome the President to the Golden State and to remind him that energy independence begins at home. Nothing would symbolize his commitment to a clean energy future more than solar on the White House. If you haven’t yet, take a moment to add your voice to the thousands who are calling for the Obamas to retrofit their home for the 21st century by adorning it with a PV array donated by Sungevity. And be sure to check back later this week when we announce a fun new way to win prizes by spreading the Solar on the White House virus.