Why Google and Apple are building the world’s first solar power supply
The new power supply is a $2,000 device with a 1,000-watt inverter that converts electricity from the sun into electricity.
It has a battery that’s designed to last four to six years, and the inverter can generate power for up to 20 hours a day.
It’s not a full solar system—a system that can produce enough electricity for a whole house can cost anywhere from $4,000 to $20,000.
But the power supply uses solar panels, which are cheaper and more abundant than traditional batteries.
Google has been pushing the idea of solar power for years.
“Google is a leader in solar power,” Google’s general manager for global energy, Mark Woodford, told The Verge in September.
“We are committed to investing in new technologies that will help the world run cleaner and more efficiently.”
Google and its allies have been investing in solar technology since at least 2009, when Google acquired SolarCity.
The solar power business has been growing at an impressive clip, thanks in large part to a $1 billion investment from SunEdison in early 2015.
In 2018, Google announced it was working with SunEdisons subsidiary SunPower to build the largest solar power system ever built in the United States.
SolarCity, which was spun out of Google in 2017, has grown to over $300 billion in market value and employs over 5,000 people.
Google is also partnering with the solar power company Solyndra to bring solar power to Google’s buildings.
“In our business, we look for ways to connect with people and create jobs, so when we partner with a company like Solydra to build a massive solar project, we’re going to be helping them build a stronger economy,” Woodford said.