This morning, the crew at met with White House officials to push for the installation of a Sungevity home solar system.  While the White House didn’t reject the offer outright, they told campaigners that any such decision would have to be part of the broader sustainability assessment the White House is undertaking. founder Bill McKibben had this to say after the disappointing meeting:  “They refused to take the Carter-era panel that we brought with us and said they would continue their deliberative process to figure out what is appropriate for the White House someday. I told them it would be nice to deliberate as fast as possible, since that is the rate at which the planet’s climate is deteriorating.”

It’s hard to imagine what the downside of a solar-powered White House could possibly be, and we expect that, sooner or later, President Obama will come around–our offer stands.

–Erica Etelson

Posted by Danny Kennedy

Danny Kennedy co-founded Sungevity and now serves as strategic advisor. He is an internationally recognized opinion leader on climate and energy issues. He is the author of Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy - and Planet - from Dirty Energy (2012), a book that has been described as the clean energy manifesto for the next greatest generation.


  1. This is absurd.
    Obama has been running around the country saying the United States is going to “lead the world forward on clean tech” and not JUMP at this opportunity?

    Did he not watch Bill on Letterman?

    From the looks of it, the Vatican seems to be leading the world on clean tech.

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