For the multitude of property owners wanting to take the renewable energy plunge into solar, but still wondering about its feasibility from cost and operations perspectives, a new set of analysis tools are now available from Martinsburg, WV-based Geostellar. This company, which markets itself as a provider of “advanced geomatic technology,” launched today the first-ever online platform for property owners to instantly analyze the potential value of solar energy on their rooftops.
West Virginia will serve as the first region in the company’s nationwide rollout. Company officials state they plan to launch in additional key markets over the remainder of 2012.
The Geostellar technology utilizes 3D simulations in assessing a property’s rooftop solar energy generation potential, including details such as overall environmental benefits and financial savings. On the company website, interested homeowners and commercial facilities managers can enter their address. The property’s rooftop is then analyzed on factors including shading, slope, orientation, incentives, and utility rates.
“Geostellar makes the solar energy experience illuminating and enlightening, taking the burden of solar energy adoption off the property owner and facilitating a stress-free browsing experience,” said David Levine, Geostellar’s CEO in a press announcement. “We dedicated countless hours to collecting 3D imagery, running solar simulations and analyzing financial models so property owners and managers can easily reach the best solar decisions for their homes and businesses.”
Through the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot program, the “Rooftop Solar Challenge” awarded $12 million in funding to 22 regional teams to improve financing options, reduce barriers, and lower costs for commercial and residential solar energy systems. Geostellar received $500,000 to assist with mapping its home state.
“West Virginia is a longtime leader in domestic energy feedstock. Today, Geostellar is helping the state to continue this proud tradition by diversifying its portfolio to include clean solar energy,” said Gregory Adolfson, Sustainability Officer for the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.
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