A new website called RoofRay uses Google Maps to give would-be solar panel users estimates on just how much they will save if they install solar paneling.
The company’s online calculator is very easy to use. You type in the address of your house or business and a satellite image of your house will appear. Next you click on the corners of your roof so that RoofRay can begin to make its first rough calculations. Next you input the angles of your roof’s slants, so the system can check how much sun you’re likely to catch.
You’ll be given an approximate quote on the energy potentially saved by solar panels per square footage. The quote is based on kilowatt hours which take into account your coordinates and regional characteristics such as the average weather cycle, cloud cover, surface albedo, and the orientation and area of your solar array.
The information also details which months of the year are best for energy generation, what your potential energy bill savings are, plus the approximate costs of solar panels. The system makes its calculations including state and federal tax breaks and rebates.
The anticipated life span of solar panels is 25 years and maintenance costs are also included in RoofRay’s calculations. If you do the test don’t be put off by the initially high investment, which might be more than you’ll save in the next seven years.
The site is just a calculator and does not offer solar panels for sale, which is confidence inspiring. Also, many of the reviews I have read tend to judge the numbers the system churns out as realistic. At the moment, not too many energy companies are included in the calculator but it looks like the tool is more popular than the servers can handle. That hopefully means this unique site will soon offer enhanced listings of energy companies.