Denver, Canada: Critigen, a global technology consultancy, unveiled its latest solar map, which has been built for the citizens of Salt Lake City, Utah. The map can be viewed at: www.slcgov.com/solar/. It was developed in collaboration with The Solar Salt Lake Project, an innovative partnership among Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Clean Energy and other partners; as well as through work with CH2M HILL and funded by the US Department of Energy’s Solar America Cities programme.
According to Critigen’s press release, this data is unique in its accuracy, as it is derived from a 3D LiDAR model of the city, which accounts for individual trees, buildings and structures. The solar map calculates the system size that will fit into the user-defined area, calculates the amount of electricity that will be generated, and provides information about the cost of the proposed system. If the system is not what the user expected, the property owner can redraw the area to get a different set of results. This tool offers a great deal of flexibility and convenience to those “do-it-yourself” citizens who are interested in solar.
The solar map gives the citizens of Salt Lake City the ability to visit the site, enter in a property address and see a visual snapshot of the property rooftop and its suitability for solar panels. “Critigen’s user-friendly solar map provides residents with easy access to information about the potential of solar energy in our neighbourhoods,” said Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker. “As part of broader liveability initiatives, Salt Lake City has set a goal to facilitate at least 10 megawatts of solar installations by 2015. With tools like the solar map, we take the next steps to encourage adoption and further liveability in our city,” he added.