The White House during the Carter administration was outfitted with solar panels. Then during the administration that followed – Ronald Reagan’s – those panels came down.
In response, but years later in 2010, it had become a mission of the organization 350.org to locate and then re-deliver one of those Carter-era panels back to the place where originally installed.
In an Aug. 15, 2013 press release, the 350.org group wrote: “In September of 2010, 350.org found one of the original Carter era-panels at Unity College in Maine, where it had been heating water for the cafeteria. [350.org founder Bill] McKibben and a group of Unity students decided to take a roadtrip to return the panel to the White House and request that President Obama reinstall it on the roof or commission a new set of panels.
“Over 50,000 people also signed onto a petition led by Sungevity, along with other solar companies, calling on the President to take action.
“The White House initially declined the request, but reversed course a month later when then Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu announced that the White House would put up a new set of panels by the end of Spring 2011. The administration missed that deadline, but appears to be moving forward with the commitment today.”
Moreover, “The market size for the U.S. industry grew from $8.6 billion in 2011 to $11.5 billion in 2012, according to GTM Research,” 350.org noted.
That all this has happened, speaks volumes.