Every community has access to clean energy. Effective use of solar energy on building roofs and walls requires a community to create an inventory of its available solar energy resource. At Green Power Labs we build urban solar resource maps to locate and more importantly - to quantify clean energy assets. These GIS based, interactive maps give municipal governments significant flexibility in considering the impact of clean energy generation opportunities on land use policies, structuring energy incentives, project development, urban planning, solar rights and access laws. Urban solar resource mapping is the first step needed to support clean energy deployment and sustainable energy planning. We maintain advanced and proprietary energy-related data sets and use advanced satellite - and LiDAR-based data capture and processing technologies. This allows our team to conduct solar resource mapping at substantially increased levels of accuracy over that of typical data available in the public domain.
Every community in the world has solar energy resource which - if used properly - can support community objectives to reduce carbon footprint, secure energy supply and create new industry. Combining best available solar resource with knowledge of and expertise in best solar technology practices, we determine energy generating potential of community's facilities and residential buildings and houses. Presented in easy to use interactive format, urban solar potential maps engage citizens and support decision making on policy initiatives and the practical implementation of clean energy strategies. This work can begin with one neighbourhood and expand across an entire community. The generating potential of new or existing facilities is a function of the available resource at the building, its architectural design, and the efficiency of energy technologies applied. Our assessment evaluates these elements to identify both the on-site renewable energy potential, and best practice strategies to integrate renewable energy into the community energy mix. This provides community-wide information on the potential for generating and using renewable energy, and identifies the buildings with the greatest potential for development of renewable resources.
SolarStar™ Rating system for homes and facilities provides an objective measure of a building or home’s suitability to generate solar energy in a specific geographic location. The SolarStar™ Rating system provides a quick reference as to the solar resource potential of buildings, and may be used as a first step in selecting candidate buildings for solar electricity or hot water technologies.