Google is advertising five positions at its California headquarters. One of these will be charged with overseeing energy usage at the building while the other four will have a wider brief that includes research and development.
Speaking to Windpower Monthly in March about the Atlantic Wind Connection (AWC), Google green business operations director Rick Needham said there were no immediate plans to expand its renewables commitment beyond investment.
He said: "As we go forwards there may be expertise that Google’s had that we can offer, but at this stage it’s mainly us acting as an investor and helping [AWC] project get through the [approval] stages."
However, according to the job description for the ‘head of renewable energy engineering’ role this includes developing new technology.
The description says: "Google’s clean energy initiative, you will be responsible for building a team of top technologists to develop disruptive new technologies that dramatically lower the cost of renewable electricity."
The other three roles are for a renewable energy engineer, renewable energy mechanical engineer and technical program manager.
Over the last year, Google has acquired shares in a number of major wind projects across the US. It is also looking at acquiring projects around the world.