Google has developed software that uses machine learning and 3D models in Google Earth images to calculate potential solar energy savings based on the shape of your home’s roof and local weather conditions. Essentially, Project Sunroof lets you measure the benefits of rooftop solar power for your home using Google Maps.
This is how the project’s sunroof works
Your very own personal estimator for solar energy savings based on Google Earth images.
- Find your home
We use Google Earth imagery to analyze the shape of your roof and local weather conditions to create a personalized solar plan.
- Customize Your Solar Analysis
Adjust your electricity bill based on your savings estimate and the recommended number of solar panels for your home.
- Compare Financing Options
Compare your solar panel credit, lease and purchase options based on your results.
personalized savings estimate
Solar energy savings are calculated based on the size and shape of the roof, shaded areas of the roof, local weather, local electricity prices, solar power costs and incentives projected over time. Use a sample address to see a detailed estimate of what Project Sunroof can provide.
The sunroof processes approximately 1 petabyte (1,000 terabytes) of data: height and color for 43 million homes; weather information; approximately 1,000 state and local incentives; and hundreds of local electricity charges.
Over the past 3 years, Sunroof has grown from a part-time project to a full-time job for Elkin and his team. Originally created to educate and educate consumers, the service now makes it easier for aspiring homeowners to connect with solar power providers in their area. Sunroofs cover 43 million roofs in the US, more than 50% of all homes, and will be available in all 50 states in the coming months.
Sunroof engineering team at Google Cambridge office
The team is also studying international expansion and the recently launched Data Explorer, a tool that gives researchers, community officials and local decision-makers access to aggregated data on solar potential to help them see the world’s largest solar systems. help in advocating. State, county and city. and neighborhood level.
One of the biggest financial constraints in the industry has been the cost of customer acquisition; Competition is so fierce that sellers spend about 44% of the cost of installation to win new business. To solve this problem, Sunroof offers free recommendations on solar power providers. We can’t think of a better way to bring the sun in.