Since its inception in 1998, Google has created several products to make life easier for its users and humanity at large. Larry Page (Founder of Google) is fond of saying if you choose a more difficult problem to tackle, you will have less competition. With a lot of hardware investment going into alternative energy, Google has decided to leverage its technology to bring a unique product to the market. (Probably in a bid to tackle a more difficult problem)
So what exactly is the Google ‘Project Sunroof’?
Google describes the project as ‘your own personalized solar savings estimator powered by Google earth imagery’. Simply put, it is a solar calculator that is a step ahead with imagery. The idea is to view your roof through Google’s earth imagery and be able to determine how much solar radiation your house could get. You can proceed to doing the math of how much saving you are able to achieve from the comfort of a computer.
How does it work?
As of January 2017, Google project sunroof is only available in 42 states in the United Sates but is is coming to the rest of the world. Soon!
Why is it not in the rest of the world yet?
As simple as it sounds, a lot of data gathering is required to effectively achieve best results. Apart from the imagery, Google also needs to gather data from the local weather agencies, it needs information on local electricity cost to be able to calculate cost savings, it also requires solar pricing data from local suppliers of solar panels.
Here is a quick visual representation of how it all comes together.
How does this help me?
In the end, it is almost irrelevant news if we cannot find the benefits right? What this simply does is that it eliminates the need for any sort of energy consulting by an expert if you are considering going solar.