Google goes solar

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By  Published  October 27, 2006

Internet search giant Google, which saw its fiscal third quarter profits almost double this month, is planning to build the largest solar-powered corporate office complex in the US at its headquarters in Silicon Valley.

The rooftop power generation system will be capable of producing around 1.6 megawatts of electricity or enough to power 1,000 California homes.

Once the system is operational, the firm will rely on solar power for nearly a third of its staff’s electricity needs. However, the system will not supply the search engine provider’s data centres used to power its internet services.

“We are going to be producing roughly 30% of the power that we use,” David Radcliffe, vice president of real estate at Google, told Reuters new agency, adding that Google could be green and profitable.

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