First, watch the video above (you can click on CC for closed captions)
This article was originally published on Forbes website and it speaks about the project presented on the video above.
First, watch the video. then read about this amazing project.
⚠️ If you click on the words in blue & dotted, you are able to see their meaning.
Do people use solar panels in your country? ⬇️
Google’s ‘Project Sunroof’ Aims To Put Solar Panels On Top Of Everything
When it comes to figuring out if your roof is an ideal and economical spot for installing solar panels, Google doesn’t think that a Google search is very effective anymore. Instead, one of the company’s engineers, Carl Elkin, created a tool using Google Earth high-resolution aerial photos and mapping data to determine if putting panels on your roof makes sense.
Google and Elkin announced Project Sunroof in a blog post:
“As a volunteer with the Boston-based solar program Solarize Massachusetts and a solar homeowner myself, I’ve always been surprised at how many people I encounter who think that “my roof isn’t sunny enough for solar,” or “solar is just too expensive.” Certainly many of them are missing out on a chance to save money and be green.”
By entering your address (provided you live in one of the project pilot cities of Boston, Fresno or the San Francisco Bay Area) in the Project Sunroof website, it uses available weather data and aerial imagery to figure out how much sunlight hits your roof, factoring in things like orientation, shade from trees and buildings and weather patterns. These numbers are then crunched to figure out your building’s solar generating potential and how much panels could save on power bills.
To try it out , I entered an address from my old neighborhood in the Bay Area back in the day where I lived in an area on the ocean side of the San Francisco peninsula that was often under a layer of persistent fog as I remember it. According to Project Sunroof, however, a relatively small roof in the neighborhood receives over 5 hours per day of sunlight on average, and covering it with panels could result in an estimated $13,000 in energy savings over the course of a 20-year lease. Not too shabby .
Conveniently, of course, the Project Sunroof site also can direct you to local solar providers ready to make that install happen.
Google says it hopes to expand the project to other areas and improve the tool in coming months, to eventually include the entire United States and perhaps the whole world.
news source: Forbes
This is some analysis of sunlight on one address in the San Fransisco Bay Area
In order to see a live analysis of sunlight and amount of money saved, click here
(1) What is your assessment / evaluation of this news? Do you think it is a groundbreaking piece of news?
(2) Have you ever considered using solar panels on top of your house or apartment building?
(3) What’s the future of energy sources? Green energy sources or coal-based ones?
📝 types of energy:
When the energy source used is freely regenerated in a short period and there are practically limitless reserves:
- wind (atmospheric flows)
- tidal (from the ocean)
- waterfall (hydraulic flows)
- plant: paper, wood
- animal: wax, grease, pack animals and sources of mechanical energy
They are coming from energy limited sources on Earth in quantity and, therefore, are exhaustible. The non-renewable energy sources include, non-exclusively:
- fossil source: petroleum, natural gas, coal
- original mineral/chemical: uranium, shale gas
Solar Panels → Image courtesy of Serge Bertasius at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
The article was really great and authentic! Amazing way for learning the new words which I adore is through authentic texts!
Thanks for the inserted definitions and the bold words!
So glad to hear that! ;D
A new article has been published about Project Sunroof – to read more about it: http://www.inc.com/associated-press/google-launches-project-sunroof-for-solar-panels.html
Amazing way for learning the new words!
Thanks very much for another clever and funny way to learn English.
Thanks @adrianachauvet:disqus! Your words are too kind 😉
Google is always giving us innovative news. This is one more great idea comming. I really hope that project go well and help people to save money and to become green friends.
In Brazil we have high incidence of sun that is pretty positive to use solar panels. I guess we are, the humanity, walking for using only renewable energy… I want to participate this walk.
Paulo, I couldn’t agree more! Green (and renewable) is the way to go to save our planet for future generations, isn’t it so?
The article is groundbreaking regarding the project not the solar technology. but it’s amazing to see how much money and enengy we can save using solar energy. If solar energy were massively used today we aren’t living a “waterless” age due to greenhouse effect. Renewable energy sources must be used to reduce the impact on nature. Today many of this technologies are cheaper than non-renewable energy sources, but the “oil industry” doesn’t let this new technologies become a reality in our lives.
Hey @disqus_ZM9yMftSmq:disqus! You have a point there! What I believe is that if Google is on board with this project, we can expect many new groundbreaking achievements and technologies in the near future! That’s my hope. And if you got to a point where you understand that renewable energies is the way to go, then we are 2 who believe in it (and there are certainly many more!). In no time we will see major changes, and I will be more than glad to post them here! 😉
Google has been pioneering scientific and technological research for quite a while now, and that is truly impressive considering it was established not too long ago. I’ve always wanted to have my roof covered with panels, since it is mostly sunny throughout the year where I live. The savings could be either used for tax deduction or sold to energy companies. Too bad the initial investment is very costly and for the time being I won’t be able to afford it. Maybe a few years from now! Anyway, I reckon the project will surely facilitate for us to estimate budget and cost-benefit.
An innovator article to makke us reflect about it and move us to change. I would like to be more green, we should be more green. And ideas and projects like these can begin small but can engage a lot of people to a real change. Why not?
Great to hear that you want to be greener. I want that too! We live in such a green city that we sometimes forget to take actions towards a greener future, don’t you think? Thanks for joining the discussion! 😉