Project Sunroof is the new online service that promises to provide all the answers when it comes to tallying up considerations for going solar. Run by Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL), seeks to provide businesses and homeowners the much needed information for weighing the costs and benefits of buying and leasing solar panels.
Originally available in San Francisco, Fresno, and Boston, the service has since expanded to New York New Jersey Arizona and Nevada. Google picked the areas based on a criteria that takes into consideration satellite imagery as well as local market conditions and government incentives.
The service uses Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s extensive web mapping system combined with local weather conditions to highlight how much sunlight a rooftop might get. It also provides industry prices as well as local subsidies to assess whether going solar at a particular time is viable. Solar-panel installers are always are hand to provide any additional information to interested potential customers.
Google’s Solar Energy Drive
Google proposition offers a simplified way of sizing all the pros and cons when a business or home owner wants to go solar. The service allows one to bypass the hustles of calling someone for a site evaluation or having to use the more complex calculator at the department of energy.
Project Sunroof adds to the more than $1 billion that Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has invested in the recent years on solar energy. The tech giant has already donated $300 million to a fund run by SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ:SCTY), for the installation of panels in residential rooftops.
Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) s growing interest in solar energy comes as a number of states continue to implement measures designed to spur the use of renewable energy sources. Some states have already approved ‘net metering’ an option that allows businesses and homes to sell excess power, back to the grid. The scheme is designed to entice more people to install solar panels with the promise of having to gain from the same by selling power to the grid.