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LetemEatCake

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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 8:58:14 AM

t's a known fact that Apple has spent nearly $3 million to buy more than 200 acres of property in Catawba County for another solar farm. It's just another step in Apple's pledge to have its Maiden data center running on 100 percent renewable energy by the end of the year. A TV station in North Carolina snapped aerial photos of Apple's solar which is quite impressive. Yet Apple isn't alone in this race to embrace clean power for its data centers. Not in the least. It was reported on just this past week that Google backs an Iowa wind farm which puts Google's investments in solar energy close to the billion dollar mark. On the very day of that report, the US Patent Office revealed that Google had invented a new stronger designed Heliostat mirror to harness solar energy against strong winds
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LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2012 11:33:23 PM


Thanks to everyone for such great comments!
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jrs4125
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2012 6:05:36 AM

These LLC's see the future and are not waiting on history to repeat itself.
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DrCashFlow
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2012 5:27:27 AM

using their huge cash hoards to further the bounds of useful technology
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MidNJ
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 10:36:01 PM

From the article;

"when it comes to advancing American know how on solar technology, they're in many ways working together with the US Government to make clean energy a major priority for the next decade and beyond."

???????????????????

My question, who is they (they're) - ??
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PDQBlues
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 10:09:53 PM


How interesting that the companies dependent upon intelligence, creative and science-based technological people are the ones on the forefront of renewable energy. Obviously, there is a direct correlation.
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Nicoalbum
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 1:47:25 PM

Solar panels are still too expensive and yield too little
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FluffyDogAttack
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:15:26 PM

Telling a gullible public that one's company is "Green" helps sell a bunch of stuff.
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md11capt
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 11:27:30 AM

"100 percent renewable energy by the end of the year." Now that's ambition...or PR.
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YumaFellow
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 11:15:51 AM

I think a major reason for these companies going to solar farming is to become less reliant on the electric grid. With more data being stored in "The Cloud", these companies cannot afford to let their equipment go down because of a widespread electrical outage.

But it also makes for a good green image.
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Radar1992
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 10:55:23 AM

When you have Billions in cash sitting around it makes for a good corporate image to the greenies...and to offset your manufacturing in China...
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Barfood
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 10:49:52 AM

Good comments orphancarguyPE & HoosierDaddyKY.
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orphancarguyPE
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 10:45:57 AM

Ah, they might be rich jerks, but they are rick jerks who are actually making a difference in the technology race (US patents) and local employment (manufacture and installation) in the US. So, rich jerks have some good redeeming points as well, at times Sure beats keeping on importing oil from Venezuela and the Mid-East and exporting all those $$$$$, doesn't it?
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humblepie
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 9:47:51 AM

just rich jerks
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fuel2use
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 9:29:50 AM

Technology improves, the price drops.
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HoosierDaddyKY
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 9:18:37 AM

If big companies continue to go green this way their may be hope for the average consumer. This will not only hopefully drop the price but encourage more efficient panels.
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PTBpricer
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 9:12:32 AM

Good for them.
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bigLtowing
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 9:12:09 AM

if they keep buying the panels maybe it wikk drop the price so we can all join in
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ktyson13
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 9:11:43 AM

I'm sure that they are getting government money; everyone seems to be getting it but me.
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yankeeriffraff
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 9:11:04 AM

Interesting!
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drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 9:07:41 AM

Imagine that, private investment!
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molebaby96
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 9:04:26 AM

Good question, how much government money?
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jimgraham
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 9:01:35 AM

All without tons and tons of government money...?



[Edited by: jimgraham at 11/19/2012 9:06:14 AM EST]
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angel4me
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2012 8:59:14 AM

keep researching...........
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