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How Project Sunroof Can Help Florida Homeowners Efficiently Use Solar Power In Future
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Often termed as the Sunshine State, Florida is one of the US states that is closest to the Tropic of Cancer and the Equator. Blessed with abundant sunny days, Florida has immense potential to harness the natural energy produced by the Sun. In fact, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the amount of photovoltaic (PV) power installed in Florida by the end of last year was enough to supply over 28,000 homes. If you are planning to install solar panels for home, Florida is a great place to leverage this infinite power source. Worrying about the financial or feasibility aspects? Project Sunroof, a brainchild of Google, can help you find the exact answers in near future.
What is Project Sunroof?
Launched in mid-August this year, Project Sunroof aims to determine the solar potential of a home by using the same technology used by Google Earth. The tool takes help from this web mapping service to find out how much sunlight will hit a roof, by taking into account nearby trees and buildings as well as temperature and weather patterns of the area.
When it comes to knowing about solar power, people surf Google all the time. The team behind Project Sunroof feels that this is a great step where people can the search engine to know whether their roof is a good fit for solar panels or not. Currently available for homes in the greater Boston area, San Francisco Bay Area and central California, Project Sunroof is soon planning to branch out to other sunshine abundant areas of the country. Florida homeowners can expect to be next in line to use this solar power initiative.
How Google will analyze your roof?
When it comes to examining a roof, Google uses the “deep learning” neural networks, which is similar to the technology used by Facebook to recognize faces. These networks help in isolating a roof from the nearby trees and shadows, and gather information about the weather in that area. Once you insert your home address, Google analyzes to find out the total hours of usable sunlight in that area per year and the total area available for installing PV panels.
Project Sunroof also offers users to ‘Fine-Tune’ the estimated savings by including the monthly electric bill data. Apart from showing the recommended solar installation size, Google also chips in to reveal the list of PV panel installers in the area.
Scope for Florida
Project Sunroof is already a success, and Google is soon planning to expand nationally. Although Florida does not fall under the current range of Project Sunroof, one cannot ignore this sun-kissed US state for too long. Homeowners in this state will find out how affordable solar power truly is once the tool is active in the region. Solar power for homes can actually save a lot of money with Project Sunroof and enhance the overall value of the abode. Therefore, it is just a matter of time that homeowners in Florida use this Google tool and harness solar energy to its full potential.
Coasttocoastsolar has been doing extensive research in the renewable and alternative energy sector for over two decades in Florida. He is an enthused blogger, too, and a pro at scripting insightful pieces on solar solutions including alternative energy, renewable energy etc.
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