Not wanting to let a sprawling parking lot go to waste, Google will build car ports topped with solar panels at its headquarters. The entire project involves some 9,000 solar panels, a third of which will be used in overhanging parking shades. The others go on rooftops at the million-square-foot campus. The 1.6-megawatt solar system could power 1,000 homes but covers only 30 percent of Google's electron appetite. Officials say that by building the parking-lot panels the company makes a visible statement of its commitment to the environment.
will handle the work. The photo shows one of the company's other solar parking lot projects that includes charging stations for
. Engineers say that building these "solar trees" is easier than installing solar panels on rooftops. One company,
, is developing a residential-friendly, do-it-yourself solar car port.