University Uses GIS For Solar App

Recently GovLoop spoke with University of Minnesota students Molly McDonald, Ben Gosack, Chris Martin, Michael Moore, Devon Piernot and Stephen Palka about their Solar Suitability Analysis app– one of Esri’s Climate App Challenge Winners. The app allows homeowners to navigate a heat map to discover if their house is suitable for solar panels. The app also gives cities the ability to explore and see if their municipal buildings are a great space for solar.

“By giving a shading analysis, homeowners can see if their rooftops is suitable for a large solar ray. By promoting and reducing some of the soft costs associated with getting solar panels installed the app makes it easier and cheaper for people to look to other energy sources and maybe broaden the energy they are drawing on to sustain their communities,” Ben Gosack, University of Minnesota.


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