September 7, 2010

Unity College solar panel begins journey to D.C.

Morning Sentinel Staff

UNITY -- Environmentalist Bill McKibben, a group of Unity College students and one of President Jimmy Carter's solar panels will start heading toward the White House today.

Their purpose is to deliver the solar panel to the home of President Barack Obama, urging him to place panels on the White House.

The group will gather at 11 a.m. outside Unity House, the home of the college's President Mitch Thomashow, according to a news release. At noon, they'll leave in a 12-passenger van running on biodiesel.

A week ago, McKibben appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman" and challenged the president to install solar panels on the White House by Oct. 10. That's when McKibben's group, 350.org, is holding the "10/10/10 Global Work Party."

Carter had the solar panels installed during his administration, but President Ronald Reagan had them removed and placed in storage. Unity College acquired the panels, which heated water in the cafeteria until they stopped working in 2003.

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