Solyndra Aftermath: Google Still Upbeat on Green

10/04/2011 05:58 pm ET | Updated Dec 04, 2011

As the Solyndra aftermath continues to ripple through the green economy, Fresh Dialogues found the mood was distinctly upbeat at the AlwaysOn Going Green Conference at San Francisco's City Hall last week. Google's Green Czar, Bill Weihl confirmed that the company has spent over $850 Million in renewable energy projects (including its latest $75 Million solar project finance deal) and said, "Virtually everything we've done to be 'green' has made economic sense... we're able to find creative solutions... that make us money (or) save us money."

"What can we do to save energy, to be greener? We really try to look at things that other people can do, that can be replicated..." he added.

Before the event, I had the chance to chat with Weihl backstage and he dismissed the Solyndra debacle as mostly political. He doubts it will impact venture money flowing into the clean tech sector. Instead, he focused on the strides that Google continues to make in the green and sustainable energy sector. Check below and at Fresh Dialogues for video highlights of the event featuring:

Ray Rothrock, Partner, Venrock
Carrie Armel, Research Associate , Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency, Stanford University
Gene Wang, People Power, CEO
Bill Weihl, Green Energy Czar, Google
Martin Pierce, International Self-Powered Building Council

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