Jimmy Carter put them up. Ronald Reagan took them down in 1986. Now 27 years later, Barack Obama is putting solar panels again on the White House, according to the Washington Post.
As solar is installed on the White House itself once again, more than 10,000 megawatts of solar is operating around the country, producing enough power to supply about 1.7 million homes. The White House solar system will be just part of a record year for solar installations, as solar is booming this year to the point where electric utilities are worrying about the loss of sales.
The Post's article has no detail on the size of the system, the installer, or manufacturer of the equipment but does say that the work is now underway. It reminds that George W. Bush also installed solar PV on a maintenance building at the White House and solar thermal. Indeed, George W. Bush also had an excellent record on wind in Texas as Governor and established that it was the goal of the United States to get 20% of its electricity from wind.
While today's Republican party is much less supportive of renewable energy than it was as recently as the presidency of George W. Bush, I will predict that the solar panels that Barack Obama puts on the White House will not come down, no matter who wins the 2016 election.