Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Google Goes Solar

Fresh on the heels of shelling out a cool $1.6 billion for YouTube, Google has announced plans to build one of America's largest solar power installations to supply electricity to its corporate headquarters in Mountain View, California.

The Googleplex's rooftop solar installation will generate 1.6 megawatts of electricity, enough power to supply 1,000 homes. The project will also put a dent in Schwarzenegger's initiative to have 1 million rooftop solar units in place throughout California by 2018. Specifics of Google's plan include:

  • 9,200 solar panels to be installed by next spring
  • Total capacity equal 1.6 megawatts
  • It will supply 30 percent of the campus' electricity on a hot summer day
  • In addition, motion sensors will be installed on indoor lights

  • Google aslo supports a green corporate philosophy that includes all organic cafeterias and and extensive commuter shuttle program that removes hundreds of cars from the road daily. David Radcliffe, Google's vice president of real estate was quoted as saying, "If we can dispel the myth along the way that you can't be green and profitable at the same time, that's another benefit."

    Amen to that.

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