Predict How Much Solar Energy Your Roof Will Make With This New Tool


When we install solar panels anywhere the question arises that do we exactly know how much money it will allow us to save in a longer run or how much capacity it has to let you be sure that we are making a good investment. Engineers at University of New South Wales in Australia finally come up with an online tool development which allows the consumers to know all this and makes the way towards the transition an easier task than it was ever before.

This is just a step towards Australia’s goal of zero emissions by 2050

This online solar potential tool allows its users to zoom in on a map in order to locate their potential roof area and hence draw a shape according to the area available. This all is done through a 3D spatial data already installed in the online tool. The tool also uses meteorological data which is used to assess weather impacts and also the surroundings that can potentially affect the performance of the planned system such as buildings, trees, etc. This tool will also let the user know how much sunlight will be oriented towards the surface of the roof available for use.

The online tool finally enables the estimation of the electricity generation possible through the solar paneled roof top system by analyzing all the factors mentioned above. It will also estimate the financial savings on the power bills and also the emissions offset that will possibly be enabled by your system.

"These new tools are allowing consumers to make informed decisions before they invest in solar," photovoltaic engineer and inventor Anna Bruce, from UNSW Engineering, said in a press release.

The primary goal behind the making of the online tools is to provide real time data about how much rooftop solar panels are effecting the demand of electricity across the country.


"For the first time, we have very good data which demonstrates how solar is contributing to the electricity grid and the impact it is having on reducing loads during peak times," said Bruce.

"More data about distributed energy generation and loads will give electricity operators, the solar industry and government more options for delivering energy services to customers in the future."

Australia is doing its work pretty well and since its in need of more tools of a similar sort in order to better equip its locals, so that the community can move towards the usage of more renewable sources of energy across the nation. This is more important specially when other countries are ramping up their installed capacities and targets.Investment mainly in the large scale projects are plummeted by 88 percent which is an unusual seen trend in the history since 2002, as reported by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. This is a good step towards Australia's ultimate goal of achieving a zero carbon footprint by 2050 and will eventually help everyone out, let's see how well this works out for people.