WASHINGTON –- President Barack Obama will visit a Walmart in Mountain View, California, on Friday, where he will be tout the administration’s push for solar power and energy efficiency.
The president will announce a Department of Energy solar instructor training network, which will assist with training programs at community colleges. The program’s goal is getting 50,000 additional workers to enter the solar industry by 2020, according to the White House.
Obama also will announce a goal of $2 billion in new spending on energy efficiency improvements to federal buildings over the next three years. The amount is in addition to the $2 billion for energy efficiency the administration announced in 2011.
The announcements follow Tuesday’s release of a major federal assessment of climate change impacts in the U.S.
The administration also said Friday that installation of electricity-generating solar panels on the White House is finally complete.