The White House may not have solar panels on the roof yet, but the Department of Energy last week finally approved financing for a plan to install solar panels on industrial warehouses to generate up to 733 megawatts of renewable energy. The 1.4 billion dollar taxpayer-backed loan is expected to generate one thousand jobs over a four year period.
More importantly, the money will not be used to destroy pristine public land in America's southwestern deserts. The Department of Energy has approved other loans for the destructive Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System and the Blythe Solar power projects, which will destroy over 16 square miles of desert habitat and Native American cultural sites. So, in contrast, the rooftop solar financing seems like a win-win situation. We can cut down pollution, create truly local jobs (not construction jobs in the middle of the desert), and utilize the untapped potential of rooftops to meet our energy needs.