Evergreen Solar Inc. (Marlboro, MA) announced the installation of a 9kW photovoltaic (PV) system at the White House for the National Park Service. The new solar roof in Washington, DC, is the first solar-electric project on the White House grounds.
The installation was placed on the roof of the main building used for White House grounds maintenance. The PV system directly feeds solar-generated power into the White House grounds' distribution system, providing electricity wherever it is needed. Two solar thermal systems, one to heat the pool and spa and one to provide domestic hot water, were also installed. The grid-tied PV system consists of 167 solar panels manufactured by Evergreen Solar that cover the roof of the maintenance facility.
"We are very pleased to see this kind of governmental support for solar electricity. Evergreen Solar's panels were chosen for this installation by Steven Strong, one of the world's most respected solar designers and a true pioneer in the industry," commented Evergreen Solar President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Farber. "We hope the success of this project will spur future applications of highly reliable, pollution-free solar power."