President Jimmy Carter’s Remarks at White House Solar Panel Dedication Ceremony, 1979.

President Jimmy Carter spoke on June 20, 1979, at the dedication ceremony for the 32 solar panels he had installed on the roof of the White House. The installation of the solar panels reflected the energy goal of his administration to achieve 20% renewable energy by 2000. How does Carter’s speech link solar power with a narrative of American technological prowess and innovation? 


Carter, Jimmy. “Solar Energy Remarks Announcing Administration Proposals.” Transcript of speech delivered at the White House, Washington DC, June 20, 1979.

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