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White House Solar Panel

Catalog Data:
Carter, Jimmy
Inter Technology/Solar Corporation
Physical Description:
glass (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 5 in x 37 in x 78 in; 12.7 cm x 93.98 cm x 198.12 cm
Object Name:
solar panel
Place made:
United States: Virginia, Warrenton
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
Date made:
ca 1977
During his term in office, President Jimmy Carter fought for clean energy using renewable sources. As a symbol of his faith in “the power of the sun,” Carter had 32 solar panels installed on the White House West Wing roof in the summer of 1979. These panels were used to heat water in the household for seven years until President Ronald Reagan had them removed in 1986. The panels were stored in a government warehouse until 1991, when they were acquired by Unity College in Maine. The college installed some of the panels to heat their cafeteria water.
This solar panel is one of the original Carter White House panels and was donated to the National Museum of American History by Unity College in 2009.
Environmental History
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Political History: Political History, General History Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
Environmental History
Energy & Power
History Highlights: Solar on the Line
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center