Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google Inc., announced the RechargeIT initiative that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and oil dependence by accelerating the adoption of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (“plug-ins”). As part of this initiative, Google.org awarded $1 million in grants and announced plans for a $10 million request for proposals (RFP) to fund development, adoption and commercialization of plug-ins, fully electric cars and related vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology.
In addition, Google Inc. announced that it has switched on the solar panel installation at its Mountain View, Calif. headquarters, which will help the company reduce its environmental footprint and power its plug-ins with clean solar electricity. At 1.6 megawatts â€“ and with an electricity output capable of powering approximately 1,000 average California homes â€“ the Google project is the largest solar installation to date on any corporate campus in the U.S. and one of the largest on any corporate site in the world.
Google teamed with PG&E to demonstrate the bi-directional flow of electricity between plug-ins and the electric grid. â€œClean energy technology can dramatically shift how we make and use energy for our cars and homes by charging cars through an electric grid powered by solar or other renewable energy sources, and selling power back to the electric grid when it’s needed most. This approach can quadruple the fuel efficiency of cars on the road today and improve grid stability,â€ said Dr. Larry Brilliant, Executive Director of Google.org.