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Solar projects providing rays of sunshine for construction industry

By Tom Fetters

Seems the entire country was basking in sunshine Tuesday.

Solar panels sits atop the White House pool cabana in Washington. (AP Photo/Solar Design Associates

Solar panels sit atop the White House pool cabana in Washington. (AP Photo/Solar Design Associates

On the East Coast, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that by spring, solar panels would be placed atop the White House’s living quarters and will heat water and supply some electricity for the first family.

In the Midwest, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland said that a solar farm is being built on the site of a former strip mine in the southeastern part of the state and will help meet state standards for renewable energy production. Construction of the solar farm is expected to create 300 temporary jobs.

And out West, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced that federal officials had given the go-ahead for construction of two huge solar projects on public lands in Southern California that could begin sending electricity to the state grid by the end of 2011 or early 2012. Construction is expected to begin on both projects by the end of the year, and the projects are expected to generate almost 1,000 jobs.

Guess the construction industry will catch a few rays of sunshine.

Tom Fetters is a copy editor at The Daily Reporter. The sun always shines on him … literally … he sits under the skylight in the office.

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