Google to power HQ with solar panels, lots of them

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You’ve heard of solar cars, but what about solar companies? Google has just announced plans to convert its Mountain View, CA headquarters (AKA the GooglePlex) into a mainly solar-powered facility. In an effort to set an example for other large companys hogging electricity, they will line the rooftops of their main buildings with solar panels, which will produce a mere 1.6 megawatts of electricity, or enough to power 1,000 California homes – the largest solar installation in the US, and maybe the world. To make it all happen, they’ve announced plans to partner with California-based solar company EI Solutions. Not only will the installation allow Google to save money on power-consumption, but it will also make them more environmentally friendly as a whole. For a video preview of the installation, check out EI Solutions’ website.

Pictured: Andrew Beebe, President of EI Solutions, and Sergey Brin, Co-Founder & President, Technology at Google, stand on the roof of Google’s Mountain View headquarters campus.

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