Google is promoting solar power in their latest project, called Project Sunroof. Using Google Maps data, they can calculate a roof’s solar energy potential. With their database of aerial imagery and maps, they can measure rooftop area and estimate the amount of sunlight it can receive based on geographical location, rooftop orientation, shade from nearby buildings and trees, as well as weather – all coming out to a realistic figure as to how much money you could save by placing solar panels on your roof. They even link you to local solar providers to take it from notion to reality. This complication free assessment takes the hours and days of research out of solar power and boils it down to about 10 seconds.
At this time, the website only works in the San Francisco Bay Area, Fresno, and Boston, but will be expanding to other regions in the next few months.
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