Google can tell you if solar roof panels will pay off
Android update: code name Marshmallow
Google has got a good look at your roof, and can tell you if it is worth the investment to install solar energy panels.
The U.S. tech giant said its “Project Sunroof” online tool is now available in the area around San Francisco and Fresno in California and around Boston, Massachusetts.
The new tool “uses high-resolution aerial mapping (the same used by Google Earth) to help you calculate your roof’s solar energy potential, without having to climb up any ladders,” Google engineer Carl Elkin said in a blog post.
The website “figures out how much sunlight hits your rooftop throughout the year, taking into account factors like roof orientation, shade from trees and nearby buildings, and local weather patterns” and then “combines all this information to estimate the amount you could potentially save
Google gave a name Monday to its soon-to-be released operating system for its Android mobile devices: Marshmallow.
The moniker for the 6.0 version of the dominant mobile computing system follows a tradition of using sugary treats for Android including Lollipop (5.0), KitKat (4.4), Jellybean (4.1) and Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0).
“Whether you l i ke them straight out of the bag, roasted to a golden brown exterior with with solar panels,” Elkin said.
It can also connect homeowners with local solar providers.
Elkin said the effort aims to overcome consumer concerns and encourage the use of green energy that reduces carbon emissions.
“The cost of solar power is at a a molten center, or in fluff form, who doesn’t like marshmallows?” product manager Jamal Eason asked in a post on the Android developer blog.
Eason said developers seeking to develop or update applications for Android can now download the software.
The latest version includes enhancements including fingerprint sensors and an updated powersaving mode.
Marshmallow also streamlines the “permissions” model for us- record low,” he said.
“A typical solar home can save hundreds or even thousands of (U.S) dollars per year on their electricity bill.
“But, as a volunteer with the Boston-based solar program Solarize Massachusetts and a solar ho- ers to install and upgrade apps.
Users running certain apps will not need to grant any permissions when they install or upgrade, and the applications instead request permissions as it needs them, according to Google.
Android is used in nearly 80 percent of smartphones worldwide, although many devices use older versions for which upgrades are not available. Android is also the leading platform for tablets, according to market surveys. meowner myself, I’ve always been surprised at how many people I encounter who think that ‘my roof isn’t sunny enough for solar,’ or ‘solar is just too expensive.’”
Google hopes to expand the project to additional regions “in the coming months,” Elkin said.