The sun is constantly providing us with free energy, though most folks around the globe aren’t quite sure how to harness it. It’s possible to power your entire house with solar panels, but if you’ve ever looked into the specifics, you’d know that it can be extremely confusing. So to help point homeowners in the right direction, Google today announced a new tool called Project Sunroof.
This new initiative aims to provide interested people with the proper information to successfully install solar panels on their homes. All you need to do is enter your address in the search bar, and Project Sunroof will help you figure out how many panels you’ll need, who’s going to install them, how much money you’ll actually save in the long run, and if your home gets enough sunlight.
To accurately estimate your yearly savings, here are all of the things Project Sunroof will take into account:
- Google’s database of aerial imagery and maps
- 3D modeling of your roof
- Shadows cast by nearby structures and trees
- All possible sun positions over the course of a year
- Historical cloud and temperature patterns that might affect solar energy production
For now, residents in Boston, San Francisco and Fresno can take advantage of the helpful service, and more regions will definitely be added in the future. This certainly seems like a helpful tool, so hopefully Google rolls it out to more areas sometime soon. Do you live in one of the aforementioned areas? Head to this link to see just how much money you can save.