I don’t know what to think of google. They offer the best search engine around, hands down, and have from their very start.

They are reportedly one of the best places to work ever — even giving employees latitude to indulge their — gasp! — creativity.

Their Android operating system is as good as you can get for smart phones.

They have historically supported progressive, pro-people causes and candidates.

Now they are pouring money into the Regressive Party’s coffers.

And then they do this:

Google wants to buy solar panels for your house.

The search giant announced Tuesday that it will provide $75 million to build 3,000 residential solar electricity systems across the country. Google will own the panels, and get paid over time by customers who purchase the electricity the panels produce.

Google is creating a fund with a San Francisco company called Clean Power Finance that local solar installers will be able to tap so they can offer financing plans to prospective buyers. The plans allow homeowners to install a $30,000 solar electricity system on their house for little or no money up front. Instead, customers pay a monthly fee that is the same or less than what they would otherwise be paying their local utility for power.

Google will earn what it calls an attractive return on its investment in two ways. It gets the monthly fee from homeowners, and, as the owner of the systems, Google will get the benefit of federal and state renewable energy subsidies.

The systems will not carry the Google brand, however. Instead, local installers will offer the financing deal under their own brands.

Solar power has gotten dramatically cheaper, but the up-front cost for a homeowner remains formidable. A typical home system costs $25,000 to $30,000. Federal and state governments offer subsidies to help defray the cost somewhat, but it is still far too much money for many homeowners to shell out.

Solar financing plans are offered by a handful of large solar companies such as SunRun, SolarCity and Sungevity, and they are growing in popularity. Google established a $280 million fund with SolarCity in June to help SolarCity expand its offerings.

But Google’s new fund will flow instead to small, local installers who would otherwise not be able to offer these financing plans. Google says there are 1,400 solar installers in all 50 states.

“Cash sales (of solar panels) have been good, but once you add financing, sales can go through the roof,” said Rick Needham, Director of Green Business Operations at Google, in an interview. “It’s an opportunity to significantly expand the market.”

This is the second such fund established by Clean Power Finance. The company declines to name the investor in the original fund, but says the amount of the fund is larger than Google’s. Google hopes its investment will show a way for other investors to team up with installers to finance many more home solar systems and make a profit in the process.

This is the latest a string of investments Google has made in renewable energy, now totaling $850 million. Google has invested in wind farms in North Dakota, California and Oregon, solar projects in California and Germany, and a project off the East coast meant to help make offshore wind farms possible.

Google has said it is disappointed that it can’t buy renewable electricity for its power-hungry data centers so it is investing to help renewable power expand in scale.

One of Google’s ten philosophical pillars is: “You can make money without doing evil,” and reducing the environmental impact of its business has long been a focus of co-founder and CEO Larry Page. The company says that since 2007, it has completely offset its emissions of greenhouse gases by paying for projects that remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.

Original post on the Huffington Post.

I’m confused. In the words of certain Monty Python characters: “My brain hurts.”

33 Responses to “Google Baffles Me”

  1. ehl voelkerkir says:

    “I’m going to protest corporatism with my special fx pedals and predictable guitar melody shows to which I will sell overpriced tickets!”

  2. خب باید توی فیس بوک هر کس شر می کنه این رو هم بنویسه یا به همه یادآوری کنید که امضا هم بکنه دیگه. پیشنهاد خاصی ندارم چون معمولاً تا هفته اول تعدادش می ره بالا که بشه منتشرش کرد و رسانه ایش کرد.

  3. Hundreds of anti-corporatism protesters have camped out in public places across major cities in Europe for a third consecutive day, to rally against the inequalities caused by the eurozone crisis.

  4. Please stop apologizing! lol alright! Hopefully that issue is resolved well. And please worry, whoever is doing that, karma will come back and bite them in the butt someday. That I am sure of^^

  5. abdalomaib says:

    We could quite easily ask the protestors whether they thought an economy in which circa 50% of GDP is spent by the government could reasonably defined as capitalist? Where 20% of workers are government employees and almost everyone in the economy is in receipt of state transfer payments or other forms of state aid is ‘free market’? Where the top rate of income tax is 50%? Where government debt is 392% of GDP? Where the remaining 50% of the ‘free market’ economy is heavily regulated by the multitude of statutes and statutory bodies across every sector?____ Ve şu tespit çok yerinde!! The vast level of government interventions have resulted in a pseudo-capitalist system based on corporatism, not free markets. Under this system large institutions such as trade unions, large corporations, professional associations and so have a symbiotic relationship with big government – they are both dependent upon each other to protect their positions of privilege all at the expense of non-members and consumers i.e. society at large. Corporatism was the evil of the 1970s – a period we seem to which we have returned, although sadly we never truly escaped it. That few people actually observe and describe this system simply shows how pernicious and dangerous it is to

  6. sping foepf says:

    They will hire a few venal minorities and train them to be workplace snitches. It’s really pathetic: and it is usually always the director or upper management’s fault. They deliberately hire “gatekeepers” and “bulldogs” types and train them to snitch and provoke and offend those they do not want in the workplace: basically workplaces are like a cult.

  7. What’s sad is there’s still plenty of $ to be made by being open. See Louis CK’s recent gig. Censorship + corporatism wrong.

  8. cars hopke says:

    Our US Constitution calls our political system a Republic. And Yes, Corporations are eroding Democracies around the world. In Russia; Democracy Socialism. I am not for Governments controlling the People. I am for the people controlling Government: IE; Republic. In a Republic, Corporations thrive, grow, employ more people and upgrade the lives of the People. In a Government controlling the People, the people are miserable, the government takes from the people by stealing what the hard workers

  9. bobo mosdaire says:

    A Bookmaker’s Approach To Inflation: In the days when gold or silver was coin of the realm, unscrupulous rulers …

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  11. camalupill says:

    i wish i could kill papandreou and all the rest corrupted and trotor politician by pressing the h button in capitals…well..i have nothing to loose than to try />HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  12. Watch it man, I might have to turn your peace symbol necklace into a Mercedes logo. How’s that corporatism taste?

  13. The American people have been offered two lousy choices. One, which is corporatism, a fascist type of approach, or socialist –

  14. berg trea says:

    Yea the bailouts(corporatism) weren’t reviewed either but that didn’t stop it from whizzing through legislation. Federal Reserve Act of 1913(corporatism) bankrupt the nation in 20yrs. creating Social Security(indentured servitude) National Defense Act of 1947(dictatorship) Patriot Act(direct violation of the Constitution of the United States of America AND the Bill of RIGHTS!) I could go on these are some of the big ones though But remember the PATRIOT IS THE MAJORITY the media is lying!

  15. “I thought we were going to do a funny video.”
    “Did I say that, I must have tricked you.”
    LOL Classic!!

  16. mia toolriccor says:

    The best place to hide a dead body is page 2 of Google search results.” I dont get it Lol, i went to google Lmfaooo

  17. Have a look at this video and make sure you have a sick bucket handy. It shows Dan Akerson, CEO of General Motors, fawning, grovelling and abasing himself before the Climate Inquisition – and coming perilously close to endorsing the slander of a perfectly blameless free market think tank. The Climate Inquisition, in this instance, […]

  18. How to find the name of a song: Type all the words you heard into Google and hope for the

  19. tognosa wirfarley says:

    “There’s a false distinctn bw doing business & doing good, because there’s a false equality bw business & corporatism”-D Rushkoff

  20. The US Congress has turned into a ‘puppet of the corporate machine’ and is being totally controlled by big corporations, an anti-corporatism activist and political analyst tells Press TV.

  21. trand lubilkempa says:

    “>It can be said that in the Soviet Union capitalism defeated socialism and communism. > >In the United States, Corporatism defeated Capitalism and Democracy. No, what is said is: *In the ’80s, capitalism defeated communism. In the ’90s, it defeated democracy.* The distinction between “corporatism” and capitalism is one that only right-wing proprietarians make. It is more a result of your ideological rationalization than a *real* thing, and as far as I can tell, its definition mainly consists of the No True Scotsman Fallacy.”

  22. pxie wavaleir says:

    The Brother inherited their wealth from a father who made it by building Oil Refineries for Stalin. They now practice Corporatism.

  23. rienski boehners says:

    DON’T forget “Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power.” – Mussolini

  24. Remember this! “Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.” – Mussolini

  25. halsterino tage says:

    Is Little Century a “woman’s book?” I asked myself this as I read, mostly lamenting that it probably is, from a marketing perspective. It’s a book about a girl, after all, and far fewer men read books about girls than women read books about boys; the math on that is pretty clear. But it’s also a book about insiders and outsiders, friendship,… –

  26. I am not sure. But somehow the fact that she is not a US citizen, this is on Twitter and this is related to the Wikileaks Assange persecution makes it feel different.

  27. Modern War & Corporatism: radical revolutions in Modern followed the carnage of WW1 but like Democracy is now dominated by the corporate 1% in Western countries that have become Murdochracies, Lobbyocracies, Corporatocracies::

  28. kozos lugano says:

    The New York FinTech Innovation Lab Launches Search for Leading Financial …
    Businessweek
    NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 8, 2012– The for New York City Fund and Accenture (NYSE:ACN) announced the search for top financial technology innovators who will work with global financial institutions to bring their ideas to market in …
    and more »

  29. patche clin says:

    theworstthingsforsale: Why was the Oreo Barbie removed from toy stores almost as soon as it was released? Could it have been the fact that they labeled a black woman as an “Oreo”, and that’s offensive and demeaning? Yes, that’s exactly why, as a matter of fact. This is fantastic. I can only imagine that Oreo and Barbie teamed up and Oreo was like… –

  30. gan hungku says:

    “Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power” – Mussolini …

  31. If I had a dollar for everytime corporatism was blamed on capitalism, I’d be a rich film maker from flint, MI

  32. udenny penfelis says:

    Why is it so hard to find pics of the new terminal at on Google? Isn’t the city one of our 4 metros?

  33. tidbetteag kirscazen says:

    I’m insecure, I know what for, I’m not Danielle, Perrie or Eleano-o-or, I sit at home, on google chrome&look at …

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