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Facebook recruits Google green energy czar for sustainability push

Sophie Curtis | Dec. 22, 2011
Facebook has hired Google’s former “green energy czar” Bill Weihl, in a move designed to demonstrate the company's commitment to low-carbon computing and renewable energy. Weihl will begin the new post in January 2012, Facebook confirmed.

Weihl's departure from Google last month was a blow for the company, and was followed by the abandonment of an ambitious project to make renewable energy cheaper than coal. However, the company is still investing in clean energy, announcing just today a $94 million investment in four different solar photovoltaic projects in California.

"We believe investing in the renewable energy sector makes business sense and hope clean energy projects continue to attract new sources of capital to help the world move towards a more sustainable energy future," said Axel Martinez, assistant treasurer at Google Treasury, in a blog post.

 

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