The Obama administration had some solar panels installed (again – Jimmy Carter did it back in the ’70s) on the White House roof, presumably to demonstrate his commitment to
wasting money pushing a green agenda green energy initiatives. Various media outlets and administration officials swooned over this huge leap forward:
(Washington Post) Back in 2010, Chu said, “This project reflects President Obama’s strong commitment to U.S. leadership in solar energy and the jobs it will create here at home. Deploying solar energy technologies across the country will help America lead the global economy for years to come.”
…help America lead the global economy for years to come – is that some kind of joke? Not to the inside-the-liberal-bubble folks in DeeCee. Here’s the scoop on how much energy efficiency they’ll be getting out of those solar panels:
A solar panel array now adorns the roof of the White House and will produce an elephantine amount of solar power when the sun is actually shining: about 44 kilowatt hours of electricity a day.Updated May 12 with corrections: If 44 kilowatts hours sounds like a lot of energy, it isn’t. The average home consumes about 30 kilowatt hours kWh of power each day. The average annual electricity consumption for a U.S. residential utility customer was 10,837 kWh according to the EIA for 2012 or 30 kWh per day average.Slightly less than the 44 kilowatt hours per day that will be produced by the new solar panels adorning the White House. According to data from TradeWind Energy, one 100-watt light bulb running for 20 hours will use two kilowatt-hours of electricity 100 watts x 20 hours = 2,000 watt-hours = 2 kWh.In other words, the White House installed enough solar panels to power twenty-two 100-watt light bulbs for 20 hours each day. And if you’ve ever been inside the White House, or seen it from a distance, you’ll notice it’s lit up like a klieg light.
I’m guessing, based on the research that I’ve done about the cost of solar panels (we actually -for about 30 seconds- considered putting some on our house, but the break-even was about 30 years) that it will be many, many years before those 22 light bulbs save enough money to pay for the cost of installing the panels. If they ever do – some future re-roofing project will probably relegate them to the scrap heap, like Jimmy Carter’s.
Don’t we have anything better to waste taxpayer money on? Oh yeah – what are they doing running 100-watt bulbs? I thought those were banned or something. Maybe that was just for the little people.