Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Solar Panel Mapping

Project Sunroof can help you decide if it is a good idea to install solar panels on your roof. This new map tool from Google calculates how much sunlight your roof is likely to receive throughout the year and therefore help you make a more informed decision about whether to install solar panels.

Enter an address into Project Sunroof and you can view an estimate of how many hours of sunlight your roof receives per year, the square feet you have available for solar panels and the estimated net savings you could make.

At the moment Project Sunroof only works if you live in the Francisco Bay Area, Fresno or Boston. However this map tool is not exactly a new idea from Google and there are other options available. For example, if you live in Cambridge, Massachusetts, then you can try the Mapdwell Solar System map to find out how much electricity can be produced from solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.

If you live in Australia then you can use the Live Solar Potential Map. The Live Solar Potential Map allows home owners in a number of Australian cities to estimate the potential of roofs for electricity generation from PV. If you zoom in on the map you can draw around the outline of your roof and view an estimation of the likely power that could be generated from solar panels and the energy bill savings that could be made.

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