Google puts $94m into solar PV

Search engine giant Google has put $94m into four solar photovoltaic (PV) projects currently under construction in California.

The sites, currently being built by Recurrent Energy near Sacramento, bring Google’s investment in renewables up to more than $915m.

But this investment, according to Google, represents its first investment in the US in larger scale solar PV power plants that generate energy for the grid–instead of on individual rooftops.

These projects have a total capacity of 88MW, equivalent to the electricity consumed by more than 13,000 homes.

A spokesman said: “We’ve had a busy year at Google, since January we’ve invested more than $880m in clean energy projects.

“We believe the world needs a wide range of solutions–from wind, to transmission, to solar PV and concentrated solar–and we look forward to new opportunities next year to further expand our portfolio of clean energy investments.”

Luke Walsh

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