Meet Google’s latest market disruption product: Project Sunroof. Google wants to make installing solar panels easy and understandable for anyone. Project Sunroof puts Google’s expansive data in mapping and computing resources to use, helping calculate the best solar plan for you.
Project Sunroof is a new online tool created by Google that provides homeowners with custom solar information for their home.
Project Sunroof computes how much sunlight hits your roof in a year. It takes into account:
- Google’s database of aerial imagery and maps
- 3D modeling of your roof
- Shadows cast by nearby structures and trees
- All possible sun positions over the course of a year
- Historical cloud and temperature patterns that might affect solar energy production
A homeowner can also enter their typical electric bill cost for more customized results. The tool will combine the information to estimate the amount a homeowner could potentially save with solar panels, and it can help connect them with local solar providers, like Vivint Solar.
This new online tool is being tested in San Francisco Bay Area, Fresno, and greater Boston.
ST Staff Writers
This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.