San Mateo Company Partners With Google In Solar Panels

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SAN MATEO (KCBS) — Google is making a big investment in renewable energy, by putting up millions of dollars to help homeowners put solar panels on their roofs.

It’s a new partnership between the world’s largest search company, and one of the nation’s largest installers of solar panels, San Mateo based Solar City.

In a video released by Google, the company’s Director of Green Business Operations, Rick Needham, said this is their largest investment to date in renewable energy projects, most of which have focused on large scale clean power.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

“This is an investment that makes it easier for consumers and their own employees to lower their energy bills while shifting to clean renewable energy for their own homes,” he said.

Essentially, Google is acting as the bank, putting up the cash to fund solar leases while earning an undisclosed return on the investment. Jonathan Bass with Solar City said they hope other corporations will follow Google’s lead.

“It creates jobs,” he said. “We’ve hired over 600 people in the last 12 months, and it’s positive for the environment.”

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