The Guy Who Helped Inspire Google's $800 Million Clean Energy Investments Is Leaving

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Bill Weihl, the leader of Google’s clean energy team, is leaving the company. Tomorrow is his last day.He told blogger Allison van Diggelen of Fresh Dialogues that “it’s time to move on and find something new.”

Weihl joined Google in 2006 from Akamai, and his thinking on clean energy ties in nicely with company’s big investments in clean energy sources like wind farms and solar energy.

All told, Google has invested more than $800 million dollars in clean energy, including a $280 million deal with SolarCity, which is chaired by Tesla founder Elon Musk.

Generally speaking, energy is the largest cost in running data centres that power massive scale Internet services.  Google doesn’t talk much about its data centres, but it’s estimated to have close to 1 million servers running in them, and using renewable energy is a big focus for them.

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