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October 25, 2006

Google Launches a Record-Setting Solar Power Project

Could it be that one day to "Google" a building will mean to add solar panels to it? Perhaps not, but the ubiquitous search engine company is about to embark on a record-setting solar electricity project, installing 1.6 megawatts (MW) of solar power on several buildings and on new parking lot shade structures at its headquarters campus in Mountain View, California. When complete, it will be the largest solar power system installed on a single corporate campus. According to EI Solutions, which developed the project, the system will save Google more than $393,000 per year in electricity costs and will pay for itself in about 7.5 years. See the EI Solutions Web site.