If the average American knew how much this cost the taxpayer, they'd realize this is not cost-effective at all. Which is specifically why the White House refuses to release the numbers.
Obama seeks to use his personal example to spur American families and businesses to do more to reduce reliance on foreign energy and cut emissions blamed for global warming.The new solar array, not seen since the Jimmy Carter Administration, and later, George W. Bush (who used it to power a maintenance building and heat some pool water), will be able to power six 50-watt bulbs for 20 hours (unless it rains, snows, or is a cloudy day), far less than his two predecessors.
"Being at the White House, we do have some security concerns. We can’t cover the entire roof, although that would be good from an energy savings standpoint," said James Doherty, the White House usher.The only way this would be energy efficient is if Obama covered the entire roof, and all the acres of land surrounding the White House, and threw in a couple of wind turbines. But that would be plain ugly for one of the most prestigious presidential residences.
But not ugly enough for Americans to spend vast amounts of money to cover their roofs with solar panels and other so-called clean technology.