Microsoft Goes Big on Solar in Silicon Valley

In celebration of Earth Day, Gates & Co. ordered ice cream and flipped the switch on 31,000 square feet of photovoltaics, generating 480 Kilowatts, enough to power 300 homes or 1066 wintel desktops with CRT monitors, at its new Silicon Valley HQ. ::Mercury News

According to the architects, The 32 acre campus "is predicated on a design mission of sustainability"-it has doors made of recycled wood, conference tables made of wheat grass, ceilings made of recycled newspaper and a low-drip water system for landscaping. We want to be nice (that other company gets good press just for waking up in the morning) but why does it have to look so incredibly banal. ::Quezada Architecture

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