Making the Suburbhomestead a 21 century well planned affair.
Google’s been busy rebranding itself as a 21st-century jack-of-all-trades. On Monday, it announced a revolutionary way of finding an easy answer to one of the most difficult questions for climate-conscious homeowners: Should I install solar panels?
Enter Project Sunroof, an application of Google Maps that aims to quickly cut through the paralyzingly complicated calculations that go into whether your house is well-suited to generate its own power from that giant nuclear furnace in the sky.
Project Sunroof uses Google Maps’ 3D modeling (currently available for hundreds of U.S. cities) to get an idea of your roof’s size and orientation and the amount of shade cast by nearby buildings and trees. It combines that data with historical weather information (how often your city is blanketed by clouds, for example) to come…
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