Googleplex goes solar

Google recently installed 8300 solar panels on roof tops of eight buildings and solar carports at headquarters office in Mountain View, California. Google has set a goal of creating 50 megawatts of new renewable energy-generating capacity by 2012. This 1.6 megawatt (MW) solar panel installation generates 30% of the peak power necessary to fuel the corporate Headquarter buildings and enough to power 50,000 homes.

This project is the single largest solar panel project undertaken by any corporation in the world. It is estimated that Google will save more than $393,000 annually in energy costs or close to $15 million over the 30-year lifespan of its solar system.

Google has not declared the cost of the project, but it is estimated that this took almost 7 million dollars. The question is that, given high price of equipment to generate renewable energy, Is it financially viable for every corporation to take up projects like these ?

– Amandeep.

A solar car port at GoogleplexA Standing Seam Mounting System at GoogleplexA Rooftop PV SystemA Ground Mounted System

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One comment on “Googleplex goes solar
  1. tsolerka says:

    Hi Amandeep, I would say yes and no as the answer to your question. Yes, because the short term investment in new technology could ultimately lead to long term financial gains for these large corporations. It has been noted that Google will earn its investment back in 7.5 years, after which it will continue to enjoy inexpensive power for decades.

    In this case for Google it was financially viable to invest in energy efficient technology, as the photos you have posted suggests the company was constructed across a vast area of many low buildings, roof space was easily available to install the Solar Panels, however not all companies across various industries would be able to fit in new technology if it doesn’t accommodate their core operations. Another factor would be the location of the company and whether the climate (long winters/short summers) would support new technology such as Solar Panels.

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