Google launches Project Sunroof
Demand for a solar-powered home is steadily rising, however, not everyone is equipped with the information to get started. Google acknowledges the problem and has launched Project Sunroof – a tool that uses Google’s expansive data in mapping and computing resources to help you calculate the best solar plan for your home.
Project Sunroof works by looking up your home in Google Maps then combines that information with other databases to provide a personalized roof analysis. From there it will give you important factors that affect solar enery production such as how much sunlight hits your roof in a year, shadows cast by nearby structure and trees, historical cloud and temperature patterns, as well as all possible sun positions over the course of the year.
Project Sunroof will then recommend an installation size depending on your electricity use and roof size, as well as financial estimates based on current solar industry pricing data.
Unfortunately, the service is currently only available in some cities in the U.S. But we’ll see if it expands to other countries.