17 Aug 2015
Google launches "Project Sunroof" that potential solar customers from across the U.S. can "google" their own rooftops to find out if their home is suitable for solar panels. The product is built on top of Google Earth technology.
cities - San Francisco, Fresno and Boston - coverage at the time of the launch. In January 2016, the program expanded to 20 U.S. metropolitan markets in the most active solar states in the U.S., including California, Massachusetts, Arizona, New York, New Jersey, Nevada, Connecticut, Colorado and North Carolina.
Project Sunroof hit a new milestone by expanding to 42 states.
rooftops can be analysed by the software as of May 2016. According to Google, “thousands” of customers are visiting the Project Sunroof website each month, and the company is continuously working to expand its reach.
roughly the time taken by the software to analyse factors such as shade, roof orientation and local weather patterns to calculate how many hours of sunlight hit that roof in a typical year and then create an estimate for how much the household could potentially save by going solar over the term of a 20-year lease.
member team, mostly engineers, working to refine the technology and offer more granular information on things like the boundary of a roof and height points like a chimney.