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Google Backs First Africa Clean Power and May Invest in More

Google Inc., which has invested more than $1 billion in renewable-energy projects, is considering spending more on clean power in Africa after backing its first solar project on the continent.

Google, based in Mountain View, California, put $12 million in the $260 million Jasper solar project in South Africa that will have 96 megawatts of generating capacity, the company said in an e-mailed statement today. A group led by SolarReserve LLC, a closely held U.S. developer, is building the plant near Postmasburg in the Northern Cape province.