On June 20, 1979, President Jimmy Carter had 32 solar panels installed on the White House roof, a demonstration of using the sun’s energy to heat water. One of those panels will be installed June 20 on top of Mimosa Hall in Roswell. CITY OF ROSWELL

Mimosa Hall in Roswell to install historic solar panel

A historic solar panel will be placed on top of a historic Roswell mansion later this month, when the city and Friends of Mimosa Hall accept the loan of an early solar device that was installed atop the White House when Jimmy Carter was president.

A ceremony is set for 5 p.m. Thursday, June 20 – the 40th anniversary of the panel’s installation at the White House – at Mimosa Hall & Gardens, 127 Bulloch Hall Ave. Admission is free.

The water-heating device is on a long-term loan from its owner, Unity College in Unity, Maine, “so this original, still-functional White House solar panel can be displayed at Mimosa Hall & Gardens as a beacon of inspiration,” according to a city announcement. Information: https://bit.ly/314yohU

A related event, a free showing of the documentary, “A Road Not Taken: The Story of the Jimmy Carter White House Solar Installation,” will be hosted by the Carter Library with the Friends of Mimosa Hall at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at the library, 441 John Lewis Freedom Parkway, Atlanta.

Mimosa Hall’s primary solar installation will be a number of thin, electricity-generating panels on the roof that are promised to provide 100 percent of the building’s energy. This will make the property the nation’s “Oldest Net Zero Building” and save the city roughly $5,000 a year in utility costs, officials said.

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