Today, the Washington Post highlights the decision to return solar electric and solar thermal panels to the roof of the White House, twenty-four years after their removal during the Reagan administration, as a potential catalyst to the growth of the renewable energy sector. The Post gets input from industry professionals , including Standard Solar’s Vice President of Residential Business, Scott Carr, giving consumers tips for going solar.

Within 15 years, the sun could supply 10 percent of the nation’s power needs, according to research by the nonprofit group Climate Action. The White House will be part of any such trend, as President Obama announced the return of solar panels to heat water and supply some electricity for the first family. The president’s move has homeowners wondering whether their roofs should be soaking up rays, too. So how do you go solar? Your first step is to the Web.


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