Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Shine on Google

Nice one. In their wisdom, Google's entire corporate campus in Mountain View is going to be a 1.6 megawatt photovoltaic installation. A bit 'James Bond' villain of them, but worthy.

This is going to need almost 200,000 square feet of photovoltaic arrays on top of the Googleplex and in the carpark (a cool dual-use that generates electricity as well as shading the cars parked in the sun all day so they don't need as much air con, and therefor less fuel).

Whether this was prompted by Arnies pro-solar power legislation or not, it'll be one of the largest corporate solar installations in the world and is expected to save (at todays rates) around $400,000 in annual energy costs. This means it'll pay for itself in only 7 and a half years.

Just when I start to think they are a bunch of plonkers, they go and do something like this...

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