Carter panels may find new home on Obama roof

4:54 AM, Sep 8, 2010   |    comments
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UNITY, Maine (AP) -- A group of environmentalists from a Maine college is headed for Washington with a well-traveled and recycled solar panel that once stood atop the White House.

They're hoping to persuade President Barack Obama to once again generate energy for his official home from the sun.

The road trip from Unity College is being led by environmental author and activist Bill McKibben. The idea is to raise awareness of the potential of solar power to address global warming and create new industries.

The solar panel headed to Washington is among those placed on the White House by order of then-President Jimmy Carter during the 1970s. They were ordered removed by President Ronald Reagan and placed in storage.

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