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Google Invests $103 Million in Southern California Solar Project
Google made its 13th renewable energy investment since 2010 this week, helping to fund a 265.7-megawatt (MW) solar project in California.
Google invested $103 million in Silver Ridge Power's Mount Signal Solar project, the company announced today on its Green Blog. Located in Imperial County, Mount Signal is expected to be operational some time in 2014. Silver Ridge secured an agreement to sell its output to the San Diego Gas & Electric Co.
"Why are we making these investments? It’s simple: we believe in a clean energy future, and we think that companies like ours can help make it happen," Kojo Ako-Asare, Google's head of corporate finance, said. "We invest in these projects because they make business sense, because they help put more renewable energy on the grid and because they have a positive impact on the local economies where they operate."
Mount Signal will power 80,000 homes and create 900 construction jobs. Silver Ridge already operate 51 solar power plants that generate 522 MW in seven countries.
Google invested $1 billion in these renewable projects in the past three years:
- Jasper Power Project: investing in South African solar
- Spinning Spur Wind Farm: investing in West Texas wind
- Rippey Wind Farm: financing wind power in Iowa
- Recurrent Energy: large scale photovoltaic (PV) projects in California
- Clean Power Finance: financing for rooftop solar
- SolarCity: solar for thousands of residential rooftops
- BrightSource: concentrated solar power at scale
- Atlantic Wind Connection: a superhighway for clean energy transmission
- Alta Wind Energy Center: harnessing winds of the Mojave
- Shepherd’s Flat: one of the world’s largest wind farms
- Peace Garden Wind Farms: opening up more financing for wind
- Photovoltaics in Germany: investing in clean energy overseas
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Study: Native Americans Barely Impacted Landscape for 14,000 Years. Europeans Came and Changed Everything
There's a theory going around that Native Americans actively managed the land the lived on, using controlled burns to clear forests. It turns out that theory is wrong. New research shows that Native Americans barely altered the landscape at all. It was the Europeans who did that, as ZME Science reported.