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Google’s Project Sunroof

Google’s new Project Sunroof uses its expansive data in mapping and computing resources to help calculate the best solar plan for you.  Project Sunroof looks up your home in Google Maps and combines that information with other databases to create your personalized roof analysis.

Project Sunroof recommends an installation size to generate close to 100% of your electricity use, based on roof size, the amount of sun hitting the roof, and your electricity bill.  Project Sunroof then uses current solar industry pricing data to run the numbers on leasing, taking a loan, or buying solar panels for your house to help you choose what’s best for you and will give you an estimate on the amount of savings you would experience by utilizing solar power.

Unfortunately at this time, Project Sunroof is only available in San Franscisco, Fresno, and Boston.

But here are the estimated savings for some famous houses in those cities:

The Full House house

1709 Broderick Street

San Francisco, CA

$14,000 – Estimated net savings with a 20-year lease

Mrs. Doubtfire House

2640 Steiner Street

San Francisco, CA

$13,000 – Estimated net savings with a 20-year lease

Grateful Dead House

710 Ashbury

San Francisco, CA

$14,000 – Estimated net savings with a 20-year lease

Paul Revere House

19 North Square

Boston, MA

$22,000  – Estimated net savings with a 20-year lease

Kirkland House

(Mark Zuckerberg’s dorm at Harvard)

95 Dunster St

Cambridge, MA

$24,000 – Estimated net savings with a 20-year lease

To learn more about Google’s Project Sunroof, go to https://www.google.com/get/sunroof#

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