New Technology Finds Solar Hot Spots
If you’ve ever thought of solar power for your home, you may have wondered how capable your home is at receiving those sun rays. Depending on where you live the same array of solar panels can either produce enough energy to heat your entire house, or barely produce enough energy to reduce your utility bill at all. Well a resource is available for homeowners to find out the solar potential of their actual rooftop.
Engineering company CH2M Hill has paired up with the U.S. Department of Energy to provide virtual solar maps of 25 American cities, to chart out solar potential of neighborhoods and even your rooftop.
The company has recently charted it’s first city, San Francisco, using Google Maps technology. Originally, the city wasn’t considered to have a lot of solar hot spots; however, since mapping CH2M Hill has found 925 solar systems around the city.
Imagine all the solar spots that can be found once all 25 cities have been charted.
Source: Time Magazine