"Does my house even get enough sun for a solar energy system?"
It's one of the most frequent questions homeowners face when considering switching to solar power. Most homes receive at least partial sun during the day-- but does your roof get enough exposure to reliably power your home?
Thankfully, Google wants to now help homeowners answer that question. Earlier this year, the company expanded its Project Sunroof initiative to 42 states, including South Carolina. The project, which launched in 2015, aims to help users "see" how much the sun their roof gets and provide them other critical data in order to see if a solar system could accommodate their property.
"Google is in the business of providing universal access to information," head of business development and partnerships at Project Sunroof Nicole Lombardo told Green Tech Media. "So being able to take the imagery that we have and find new use cases for it that can help, in this case catalyze the renewable energy transition here in the U.S. ...is within our core."
"How Much Will I Save?"
More than just visualizing how much sun a particular roof gets throughout an average day, Project Sunroof wants to give users an answer to another common homeowner inquiry: how much will solar power save could them. Currently, you can enter in your electric bill information into the Project Sunroof and receive an estimate of how much money you can potentially save on monthly energy costs.
Speaking at the Green Tech Media Solar Summit this year, Nicole Lombardo talked about Google's mission to help make the switch to renewable energy easier for consumers. "First and foremost, this is about how Google can catalyze the rooftop solar market," she told attendees. "That was some of the first feedback we got from developers: volume, volume, volume—we need more qualified homeowners."
If you are considering switching to solar, our team at SunPower by South Coast Solar is ready to hear from you. We can help make an honest and accurate assessment of your property's solar potential and provide you with some of the most efficient and long-lasting technology on the market.
Want to learn more about your solar options? Contact our team today.