Google Shines Solar Power On Homeowners

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Perhaps the “G” in “Google” should stand for “green” because it’s clear the company is a big supporter of the environmental movement. The Google Green site/FAQ is an obvious indicator of said support. More recently, news about one of Google’s latest investments demonstrates the commitment. This time, however, in a more specific manner, as opposed to simply issuing a manifesto of the company’s goals.

Another way to look at it, now that Google has functional maps of the world, the oceans, the moon and the stars, they are turning their attention to harnessing the power of the most prominent star in our collective lives, the Death Star the sun, of course. No, Google isn’t buying Britain’s ever-popular gossip mag/newspaper, although, the contextual ads for Page 3 would be fun. Instead, Google is investing in a company that specializes in harnessing the power of the sun, as they further the drive to reduce the footprint, as well as the cost of living, for homeowners who are actively seeking alternate methods of providing power to their dwelling.

To facilitate the push for cleaner energy, Google has partnered with SolarCity, a company that, like the name suggests, focuses on bringing solar power to the people. Google’s contribution comes in the way of financial support, to the tune of $280 million. For comparison’s sake, President Obama pledged $250 million to the smart grid project, 30 million less than Google’s investment into solar power. Do with that knowledge what you will.

Google’s blog entry has more on their partnership with SolarCity:

Today, we’re announcing that we’ve investing $280 million to create a fund that will help SolarCity finance more solar installations across the country. This is our largest clean energy project investment to date and brings our total invested in the clean energy sector to more than $680 million. We’ve also launched a partnership to offer SolarCity services to Googlers at a discount.

A Google engineer, Michael Flaster, was apparently the inspiration for Google’s interest into SolarCity. According to the information provided, Flaster, an active solar power user/SolarCity customer, stands to save $100 a month on his energy bills. Over the life of Flaster’s lease of SolarCity’s equipment, he could save an estimated $16,000, an idea I’m sure most homeowners would get behind.

As indicated, SolarCity offers an equipment leasing program, of which, Google has more details:

In SolarCity’s innovative financing model, the company covers installation and maintenance of the system over the life of the lease. You can prepay, or pay nothing upfront after which you make monthly solar lease payments.

There’s also a promotional video leading this post, highlighting some of the benefits of solar energy. Does anyone think it’s telling that Google invested more in this particular project than the U.S. Government did in updating the country’s aging energy grid?

Google Shines Solar Power On Homeowners
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  • Shamwow

    So what’s the catch here? Google buys the company and patents later on and we are required to buy a Chrome computer and have it hooked up to Google’s server all day spying on us. Google is evil. Google screws up everything and at the end nothing is worth it. Only to them.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Richardson

      What, exactly, have they screwed up?

  • http://www.va-area.org/ Joey Williams

    Wow! What an amazing step for a huge company like Google to make towards renewable energy. Only if we could get companies out here to promote alternative energy in Virignia we would be better off. It looks like this project is only going to affect the West coast. Either way this could and should start a trend of big companies and renewable energy.

  • http://www.virginiaenergy.org/home/ Barry McCockiner

    Come on Facebook, Microsoft, and Apple…where are you guys. Okay I know Microsoft and Gates have the huge foundation and do lots of charity work in 3rd world countries but this is here in America and I think its great for Google to step up and start the trend with solar power. Its free, clean, and efficient. Our company installed solar panels last year and now we make money off of it because we sell power to the energy companies grid. Wether its a solar farm, nuclear energy, or wind power we need to get off our independence of oil and coal. A big step towards a bright future def applaud Google and they get brownie points in my book.

  • http://build-home-solar-panel.com/reduce-energy-consumption-in-your-home Reduce Energy Consumption In Your Home

    In the past years, only sole rich one could afford to have these solar panels. But now, cheaper panels are very much available. Manufacturers had made it due to high demands of people on this thing.

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