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Google Looks To California Solar Installations Yet Again

Posted on Tuesday, December 20th, 2011 at 10:42 am by Solar Energy USA

google-solar-logoGoogle announced today the investment of $94 million dollars in four commercial solar installations in California.

The four projects will have a combined solar generation capacity of 88MW (megawatts) which will produce 160,000 megawatt-hours annually, or enough solar power for 13,000 homes.

Including these four projects, Google has invested a total of $915 million dollars in renewable energy technologies.

In 2007 Google installed a 1.6MW solar energy rooftop at their corporate headquarters in Mountain View, California, dubbed the “Googleplex.”

“We’ve already committed to providing funding this year to help more than 10,000 homeowners install solar PV panels on their rooftops,” Google noted. Read news about that project in an earlier Google solar blog post here. “But this investment represents our first investment in the U.S. in larger scale solar PV power plants that generate energy for the grid—instead of on individual rooftops.”

“We believe investing in the renewable energy sector makes business sense and hope clean energy projects continue to attract new sources of capital to help the world move towards a more sustainable energy future,” Axel Martinez, Assistant Treasurer of Google Treasury, noted in the announcement.