CH2M HILL and the City of San Francisco develop solar energy web...

CH2M HILL and the City of San Francisco develop solar energy web mapping portal

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San Francisco, 13 June 2007: CH2M HILL Enterprise Management Solutions (EMS), together with the City and County of San Francisco’s Department of the Environment, has announced the development of the solar mapping Web portal to be officially launched on June 20.

The portal estimates the solar energy potential for every commercial and residential rooftop in San Francisco, and allows building owners to visualize the potential environmental benefits and monetary savings that would result from installing solar energy panels on their property.

Using Google Maps as a visualization platform, the San Francisco Solar Map solution is a Web map portal that enables users to enter a San Francisco address and see an aerial view of that address. By clicking on the image of the building, users are provided with the following information:

  • The estimated amount of solar photovoltaic (PV) energy that could be
    installed on the roof;
  • The estimated amount of solar PV energy that could be generated at that
    site;
  • Potential electricity cost reduction resulting from the solar PV
    installation;
  • Estimated cost of installing a solar PV system, before and after state
    and federal incentives;
  • Potential carbon dioxide/greenhouse gas (CO2) reduction as a result of
    installing a solar PV system;
  • Case studies of other San Francisco businesses and homeowners who have
    already installed solar PV systems and their stories; and
  • Information about how to install a solar PV system, including contact information for local solar installers.

The San Francisco Solar Map solution is publicly accessible, and is replicable for use in other cities and counties throughout the world.