Google invests $168 million in Californian solar power plant

Technology is awesome. It allows us to view movies in 3D, and it gives us a platform for political debates, but for technology to work we need power. Google, the search engine giant who brings you services such as YouTube and Gmail, has invested $168 million in a solar energy plant which will be located in the Mojave desert.

Jolie O’Dell over on Mashable reports that the money invested will be given to BrightSource Energy, in order that they can continue with their Ivanpah project which will provide clean and low-cost power to the people of California. The project will be finished in 2013.

The power plant will generate energy thanks to the new technology that they call ‘power towers’, which uses mirrors to redirect the sunlight towards the top of the tower, which will be used to boil water, which creates steam to power the turbines, which in turn creates electricity. This is known as renewable electricity, as it doesn’t need any extra resource such as coal or gas to create electricity.

BrightSource posted a video to their YouTube page showing the groundbreaking ceremony, which includes a speech by Californian governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger about how this will make a big difference to the lives of the citizens of California. This new business investment is a good move on the part of Google. It gives people a cheap and clean electricity source, and it generates goodwill towards the technology company.

What do you think? Should Google be investing in cheaper, low cost energy? Let us know what you think in the comments below.