Bluesky Maps UK's Solar Energy PotentialBy Bluesky International Ltd, PRNE
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
COALVILLE, England, February 10, 2011 - Bluesky is rolling out nationwide coverage of its pioneering Solar
Suitability Map. By mapping the potential for power generation using solar
panels on roofs, the Solar Map is designed to identify optimum properties for
solar power; helping achieve renewable energy targets and reduce soaring
energy costs. Bluesky has seen a growing demand for its solar mapping amongst
local authorities, utilities, housing associations and solar panel companies.
Bluesky's solar maps calculate the usable roof space of each property. By
using detailed 3D aerial survey data and discarding features such as dormer
windows, large skylights and chimneys, Bluesky's Solar Maps provide the only
truly accurate indicator of the solar potential of individual roofs.
In addition to the nationwide coverage of solar potential Bluesky are
offering a service to create more detailed, bespoke 3D solar reports for
individual complexes such as government buildings, schools, hospitals or
commercial warehouses. All Bluesky Solar Maps can be linked to existing
address databases or mapping to select and target the best properties for
solar energy generation.
"Since launching the first solar maps last spring we have been inundated
with enquiries from local authorities, solar panel companies as well as
energy and environmental organisations," commented Rachel Tidmarsh, Managing
Director of Bluesky. "As a result of these enquiries and our own ongoing
research and development studies we have refined our processes and developed
what is thought to be the most accurate methodology for determining the
suitability of properties for solar energy installations, which is why we are
now rolling the product out nationally."
A variety of techniques and datasets are used to accurately measure a
roof's solar power potential such as a roof's usable size, height, pitch,
aspect and shadowing obstructions. Bluesky then calculate a roof's insolation
(a measure of solar radiation energy received on a given surface area in a
given time) allowing the property to be graded for solar potential. The solar
maps and databases can be supplied in various formats including Google kmz
for use in Google Earth and 3D pdfs.
The earth receives from the sun more energy in one single hour than the
whole world uses in an entire year, making the potential for solar energy
generation huge. Local councils and housing associations are already
considering how they can harness this untapped resource with panels on their
houses and offices.
BLUESKY CONTACTS: Telephone: +44(0)1530-518-518
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