According to President Carter, the solar energy had, “the power of the sun to enrich our lives as we move away from our crippling dependence on foreign oil.” And then into the Oval Office rolls Ronald Reagan. Wihbey continues: 'The panels became objects of increasing indifference. And so did the tax credits and research funds that had provided the real meat of Carter’s energy initiatives.'
President Reagan had declared government the problem, not the solution. That meant no energy credits. That also meant no solar panels. Reagan press secretary Dale Petroskey told the Associated Press: 'Putting them back up would be very unwise, based on cost.' '