Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Solar Energy News .

Google can tell you if solar roof panels will pay off
by Staff Writers
San Francisco (AFP) Aug 17, 2015

Google has got a good look at your roof, and can tell you if it is worth the investment to install solar energy panels.

The US tech giant said its "Project Sunroof" online tool is now available in the area around San Francisco and Fresno in California and around Boston, Massachusetts.

The new tool "uses high-resolution aerial mapping (the same used by Google Earth) to help you calculate your roof's solar energy potential, without having to climb up any ladders," Google engineer Carl Elkin said in a blog post.

The website "figures out how much sunlight hits your rooftop throughout the year, taking into account factors like roof orientation, shade from trees and nearby buildings, and local weather patterns" and then "combines all this information to estimate the amount you could potentially save with solar panels," Elkin said.

It can also connect homeowners with local solar providers.

Elkin said the effort aims to overcome consumer concerns and encourage the use of green energy that reduces carbon emissions.

"The cost of solar power is at a record low," he said.

"A typical solar home can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars per year on their electricity bill.

"But, as a volunteer with the Boston-based solar program Solarize Massachusetts and a solar homeowner myself, I've always been surprised at how many people I encounter who think that 'my roof isn't sunny enough for solar,' or 'solar is just too expensive.'"

Google hopes to expand the project to additional regions "in the coming months," Elkin said.



Thanks for being here;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.

SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once

credit card or paypal
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5 Billed Monthly

paypal only


Related Links
All About Solar Energy at

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

SkyPower wins 200 MW PV project in Telangana, India
New Delhi, India (SPX) Aug 07, 2015
SkyPower is pleased to announce that it has been awarded 200 MW in the Telangana, India solar competitive tender process. The State of Telangana, under the leadership of Chief Minister Rao, has proven to be one of the most advanced jurisdictions in India to embrace solar energy and is forward thinking in its efforts to rapidly adopt solar as a means to help grow its economy and provide families ... read more

Biochemist studies oilseed plants for biofuel, industrial development

Genes of a common pond algae reveal great potential

Turning cow poo into power is profitable for US farm

Motile and cellulose degrading bacteria used for solid state cellulose hydrolysis

MIT engineers build, test bartending robots that work together

IBM acquires medical imaging firm to help Watson 'see'

Giving robots a more nimble grasp

Object recognition for robots

Prysmian secures contract for offshore wind farm inter-array cables

U.S. claims No. 2 position in global wind power

New technology could reduce wind energy costs

Study finds price of wind energy in US at an all-time low

China auto sales decline in July: industry group

Drivers challenge Uber business model in California

Tesla courts hackers to defend high-tech cars

Tesla loss widens as it gears for expansion

'Yolks' and 'shells' improve rechargeable batteries

Two spin liquids square off in an iron-based superconductor

Better together: Graphene-nanotube hybrid switches

New Zealand marks end to coal power

What is the importance of nuclear power in Japan?

Japan ends nuclear shutdown sparked by Fukushima crisis

Fifth Belgian reactor shuts down but no danger: operator

Russian, Egyptian companies prepare contracts for NPP Project

Fifteen US states try to block Obama clean power plan

Earth's 2015 quota of renewable resources used up: NGO

New Zealand puts bets on diverse energy mix

Australia PM Abbott defends emissions target

Can cloud forests survive climate change?

NASA Goddard Technology Helps Fight Forest Pests

Agrarian settlements drive severe tropical deforestation across the Amazon

Myanmar amnesty frees Chinese loggers, political prisoners

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement All images and articles appearing on Space Media Network have been edited or digitally altered in some way. Any requests to remove copyright material will be acted upon in a timely and appropriate manner. Any attempt to extort money from Space Media Network will be ignored and reported to Australian Law Enforcement Agencies as a potential case of financial fraud involving the use of a telephonic carriage device or postal service.