Google unveils plans for solar array

Google has chosen EI Solutions to build a 1.6 MW solar power system for their Mountain View location.

Google has chosen EI Solutions to build a 1.6 MW solar power system for their Mountain View location.  The array could produce enough electricity to power 1000 California homes, but will generate only 30% of Google's power needs.  Savings will be around $393,000 per year -- or $30 million over its lifetime. 

[photo from EI Solutions] 

The system cost Google $3 million dollars, but it will pay for itself within 15 years according to EI Solutions.  Here are some interesting facts about the new solar array [pdf]:

Location: Mountain View, California
System Size: 1.6 MW
Energy Output: 2,611,719 kWh per year
Savings: $393,000 + annually
Results: C02 emissions reduced by 3.6 million pounds/year (equivalent to 4.28 million car miles/year)

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