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Famous Buildings That Have Gone Solar


Homeowners aren’t the only ones going solar around the world. Famous buildings are adopting their own solar arrays! These iconic spots are realizing the benefits of sustainable energy for the environment, and they’re now running on solar power.

The White House: Washington D.C.

 You got it! The White House does have some recent solar panels, but they aren’t the only ones the American building has ever sported. In 1979, President Carter installed the first solar panels on the White House, but President Reagan removed them three years later.

Finally in 2010, President Barack Obama installed a new solar array, also adding a solar heater. These White House touches showed the world America’s devotion to advancing sustainable energy sources.

Clarence House: London, England

England’s royalty also understands the need for solar power. Prince Charles himself applied for a permit in 2011, desiring to install solar panels on this 180-year-old building. The Clarence House now boasts a solar array of thirty panels that produce about 4,000 kilowatts of power every year.

Taj Mahal: Agra, India

The beautiful Taj Mahal faces a repeated threat from pollution, acid rain scuffing its white marble. In response, India has set a five-year plan that will fight off the damage and make Agra its first solar city! When the city completes its plans, solar energy will power about 10% of Agra’s electricity needs.

The Vatican: Vatican City, Rome

Vatican City is certainly jumping into sustainable energy too. This famous landmark in Rome has installed enough solar panels that all 40,000 households can power their homes from them.

The Vatican City placed few limits on the investments, too, spending $660 million to accomplish their goal. By adding these solar arrays, Vatican City became the first ever “solar nation-state.”

Eiffel Tower: Paris, France

Even one of the most recognized buildings has adopted solar energy—the Eiffel Tower! In 2013, this iconic building fitted its structure with solar panels that power the energy needed to heat its water. In addition, the panels provide electricity for the 20,000 lights used to illuminate the tower at night.

Alcatraz: San Francisco, California

Another building that made our list is Alcatraz. The Alcatraz used to parade itself as the infamous California prison, housing the worst criminals in the country.

Now, the former prison houses 1,300 solar panels instead. These panels produce around 400,000 kilowatts per year.

The Majlis-e-Shoora: Islamabad, Pakistan

Did you know that Pakistan’s Parliament building runs entirely on solar energy? It does! Its 1-megawatt system keeps the building well-maintained, protecting it from possible power issues from the grid. It is the first parliament building in the world to use 100% solar power!

Burj Khalifa: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Finally, the tallest building in the world lets nothing heighten above its reach, especially solar energy. The Burj Khalifa’s more than 2,500-foot rise above the Dubai skyline also parades a solar array with 378 panels! This array saves over 3,000 kilowatt-hours of power each day as it heats the Burj Khalifa’s 140,000 liters of water.

Obviously, these famous buildings from all over the world get the benefits of solar energy. They know this sustainable source will keep the environment clean and save money at the same time.

These structures hold dear places in history, and they’re sustaining their legacy with solar energy.