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10 January 2012
Internet-giant Google has spent close to $1 billion in clean power projects.

In 2011 Google invested part of the $1.2 million cost to build the hog waste project in North Carolina that uses bacteria to digest hog poop, burn methane to produce electricity and convert ammonia into nitrogen for fertilizer, so Los Angeles Times. Duke University and the farmer Loyd Bryant were the other financiers of the system.

The article about the hog waste project, which was published in the Los Angeles Times, says Google invested part of the $1.2 million it cost to build the project that uses bacteria to digest hog poop, burn methane to produce electricity and convert ammonia into nitrogen for fertilizer. Duke University and the farmer Loyd Bryant were the other financiers of the system.

The article notes Google has a data center nearby, and Google will earn carbon offset credits from the system. Like some of Google’s other clean power micro investments, the project could be a way for Google to investigate ways to tap into distributed power in local regions, for either its data centers or offices.

Google Ventures’ Managing Partner, Bill Maris, said: "As a company, Google is interested in reducing all aspects of its environmental footprint. As a firm, Google Ventures is interested in contributing to this effort both on Google’s behalf and for the benefit of positive global impact. While petroleum does not constitute a large percentage of Google’s emission profile, we are enthusiastic about supporting technologies that can help us economically reduce our carbon footprint while simultaneously contributing to our domestic energy security."

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