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Residential solar units: Google to invest $280 mn

Last updated on: June 16, 2011 08:29 IST

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Internet giant Google has partnered with SolarCity, solar power installation company, to create a $280 million fund for financing residential solar projects.

In a joint statement, SolarCity and Google 'announced the creation of a new $280 million fund to finance residential solar projects'.

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The deal marks Google's first investment in residential and distributed solar. It is also Google's largest clean energy investment by the company so far bringing its total

investment in the sector to more than $680 million.     

SolarCity will use the Google fund to help finance rooftop installations.

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Image: Solar panels sit on the roof of SunPower Corporation in Richmond, California.
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The fund will extend solar lease and power purchase agreement options to customers who desire to have solar panels installed on their homes, but do not wish to make the larger upfront investment to purchase the systems.

According to experts, rooftop solar system costs between $25,000 and $30,000, too much for many homeowners to lay out.

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"Now, through this partnership with SolarCity, we're excited to be making our first investment in distributed residential solar, making it easier and more affordable for

consumers across the country, including our own employees, to use renewable energy at their own homes," Google green business operations director Rick Needham said.


Image: Solar panels.

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