Google Abandons ‘Renewable Energy Cheaper Than Coal’ Project

John
Verum Serum
11/24/2011

In case you didn’t get the hint from the collapse of Solyndra, here’s more evidence that solar isn’t up to snuff:

Google said on Tuesday that it was pulling the plug on seven projects, including Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal…

Google began making investments and doing research into technology to drive down the price of renewable energy in 2007, with a particular focus on solar power technology.

In 2009, the company’s so-called Green Energy Czar, Bill Weihl, told Reuters that he expected to demonstrate within a few years working technology that could produce renewable energy at a cheaper price than coal.

“It is even odds, more or less,” Weihl said at the time. “In three years, we could have multiple megawatts of plants out there.”

A Google spokesman said that Weihl had left Google earlier this month.

Google noted in its blog post that it would continue efforts to generate “cleaner, more efficient energy,” including procuring renewable energy for its data centers.

I would love to see cheap solar power. It would change the world for the better. We’re just not there yet.

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