European Clean Energy Gets Google Backing

We’ve seen Google making considerable investments in various renewable energy projects here in the U.S. From investments in offshore wind to biofuel, Google seems to have interest in diversifying its renewable energy portfolio. Now, its investment arm reaches beyond the U.S. for the first time as it recently announced a $5 million investment in a solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Germany.

The solar facility in Brandenburg an der Havel, near Berlin, was just recently completed and reportedly has a peak capacity of 18.65 MW, which Google says makes it one of the largest solar plants in Germany. The facility is said to generate enough power for about 5,000 households in the Brandenburg area.

Brandenburg Solar

image via Google

Interestingly enough, the land on which the plant is set has seen some big changes over the last couple of decades. Google notes that, until the early 90’s, the site was used as a training ground for the Russian military.

According to Google’s Green page, the company has invested over $100 million in the clean energy sector but we think that figure may be a little out of date. Earlier this week, BrightSource Energy stated that Google had invested $168 million in the Ivanpah solar facility alone.

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