Cambridge Solar System Goes Viral


12/17/2013

Solar Potential on the Supreme Court

What would the Supreme Court look like covered in solar panels? What about the White House? 

Mapdwell has rolled out online solar mapping tools based on the prototype they designed for Cambridge.

How Does It Work? 

Mapdwell Solar System is an interactive online rooftop solar mapping tool. It allows users to precisely estimate rooftop solar electric potential (PV panels) for almost every building in a given city by a simple click or by inputting an address.

The tool uses high-resolution (one meter by one meter grid) LiDAR data (Light Detection and Ranging) to create a three-dimensional model of the sample terrain that accounts for the shape of building rooftops and structures, existing infrastructure, and tree foliage. The model is later used as the base for evaluating the amount of solar irradiation that falls on each unit of surface –for every single hour of a typical year– and determining its individual potential for solar electric generation using photovoltaic (PV) panels.

Learn More

Visit Cambridge's interactive solar map.  Click on a property to find out what their potential is to generate electricity from solar photovoltaic panels and the financial and environmental implications of installing the project. To learn how to use the map, check out this easy-to-follow video by MoDe Studios!