The U.S. Internet giant Google is planning to install solar panels at its headquarters in the western state of California to run some of its operations with energy from the sun.

The leading Internet search engine says it will install enough solar grids at its complex in Mountain View, California to generate 1.6 megawatts of electricity. That's enough energy to light up about 1,000 California homes.

The company hopes the sun will produce 30 percent of the power needed to run its 93,000 square meter complex.

Google says it wants to set an example that renewable energy can be profitable.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.