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Google project eases solar panel installation

Posted: 20 Aug 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Google  solar panel  Project Sunroof  install 

Google has unveiled its latest project geared to simplify how people install solar panels in their homes. Using Google's mapping and computing resources, Project Sunroof promises to provide users personalised roof analyses to help them calculate the best solar plan based on their individual roofs and locations.

Once supplied with a user's address, the site provides user-specific data on the amount of usable sunlight that hits the roof per year, which parts of the house receive the most sunlight, the amount of space available on the home for solar panels, and the amount of money that could be saved by switching to solar.

The site takes into account the following data when computing its results: Google's database of aerial imagery and maps, 3D modelling of a user's roof, shadows cast by nearby structures and trees, all possible sun positions over the course of a year, and historical cloud and temperature patterns.

The site then provides users with a list of nearby solar installers, with links to the respective sites. The listings are sponsored to help cover the cost of the site.

Presently, Project Sunroof is set up for users located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Fresno, CA, and greater Boston, MA. According to Google, the company hopes to expand the project to other locations in the coming months.

- Rich Pell
  EE Times Europe

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