Last October, Google announced that it was installing 1.6 megawatts of solar photovoltaic panels at the Mountain View Googleplex.
The amount of electricity that will be generated is equivalent to powering about 1,000 average California homes. We’ll use that electricity to power several of our Mountain View office facilities, offsetting approximately 30% of our peak electricity consumption at those buildings.
Google now has a Solar Panel Project Page dedicated to their efforts. The page shows a graph of the amount of solar energy generated at the Googleplex, features a photo gallery of the solar panels, and compares solar energy kilowatt hours to appliance energy consumption. For example, did you know that 7,482 kilowatt hours is equivalent to 62,350 hours of flat-TV screen viewing or 2,720 loads of laundry? Now you do.
This is what the Googleplex looks like with the solar panels installed.
DigitalPoint Forums members are pleased. One believes that other companies should follow Google's example.
Forum discussion at DigitalPoint Forums.