Solar power is emerging globally, and is becoming more viable to rely on. Typically, it used to be more expensive due to the leveling costs. However, it is now an extremely low-cost alternative to relying solely on mainstream utility companies.
The big question is, does your roof get enough sunlight?
Really, you notice how much sun is around your property, don’t you? You look to see if you can hang the washing out, do some gardening, wash the car, or maybe you just sit and relax on the bench. The trouble is, as much as you’re aware of how much sunlight there is,, you’re not aware of how viable that amount is. It might be enough to coax you to put some washing out, but not enough to generate much solar power.
How is this done? – Simple; a project called ‘Project Sunroof’.
Who is behind it? Why, Google, of course! Back in the early 2000’s, Google had a huge installation of solar technology at their headquarters. Afterwards, they adopted Project Sunroof very early on. To expand on their interests of renewable energy, they took the project much further.
The idea is, using data to reveal information about every property’s roof, you can see how viable it would be to benefit from having a solar installation. They do this by analyzing the amount of sun your roof gets, accommodating for weather patterns and obstacles such as trees (which might create shading), and then they calculate how viable your roof is.
Try it now – https://www.google.com/get/sunroof#p=0
How the project works – Step-by-step.
• Search for your home – Currently available in the US, but it will soon be available across the globe (including New Zealand, of course).
• Personalize your solar analysis – Change your electricity bills to make your estimate more accurate.
• Compare finance options – Whether you loan, lease, or buy the solar panels.
• Contact solar providers – If you’d like to go ahead, contact a provider and get a quote.
Theoretically, you could be self-sufficient in no time, and reaping the benefits of buying into renewable energy.
In the example on their site, they give you a house which, after installation, shows savings of under $1000 a year ($18,000 over 20 years). When you look at it like that, it makes sense to buy into it – it would literally pay for itself.
Thinking about moving?
When you find a house you like, consider taking this information into account. If you move to a property with less solar potential, it could cause issues in the future should you want to go solar at a later date. More solar potential means more potential in the future. It may even have an effect on the real estate market, so it’s definitely something to consider in the long run. If you really like the house, that is.