MarketWatch reports that Google is constructing a solar electricity system which will become the largest solar installation on any corporate campus in the United States. The solar panels, which cover an area equal to about four acres, will be installed on the roofs of some campus buildings and double as shading for cars in parking lots. The project will utilize 9,212 solar panels provided by Sharp Electronics.
Once they are in place next spring, the solar panels are expected to produce about 1.6 megawatts of electricity, enough to supply about 1,000 homes. The anticipated savings from future energy bills should enable Google to recoup the project's costs in five to 10 years.