Google can tell you if so­lar roof pan­els will pay off

An­droid up­date: code name Marsh­mal­low

The China Post - - WORLD BUSINESS -

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.

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