Even today, setting up solar panels and generating electricity out of them is a challenge. The procedure is jut too tedious - deciding how many panels are required, learning how much energy will actually be generated, figuring out the number of hours sunlight will fall over the roof and which direction and location is best for the placement of the panels. Then one needs to find a provider and be really to pay a large sum of money.
But one engineer at Google had an idea.
The concept is simple - use all the data from Google Maps to figure out how effective will solar panels be over your house’s rooftop. Because Google knows how large the area of your roof is and from which direction sunlight will fall over it, Maps will calculate the amount of electricity that can be produced and the savings you will enjoy. It’ll even recommend panel provider in the area.
Project Sunroof is a great solution to a simple problem. Its the right way to use pre-existing technology to its fullest.
Sunroof is rolling out only in a few cities in the US (including Boston and San Francisco Bay Area). Considering it is still a “Project”, it’ll be a while before everyone will get to use it.