Salt Lake City Gets New Solar Map Tool

Critigen, a global technology consulting firm, has developed solar maps of San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles County, Anaheim (California) and Portland (Oregon). Now it has turned its sights to sunny Salt Lake City, Utah, where residents now have access to detailed information on the potential sites for solar power.

Using this map–now available online–visitors can simply enter an address and see a visual snapshot of the property rooftop and its suitability for solar panels, thereby taking the guesswork out of assessing a building’s solar potential (or the need to take up the time of a solar installer, possibly in vain).

Rooftop Solar

image via Everyday Solar

The map makes use of a multicolored solar layer, with blue indicating lower solar radiation and red indicating an area of higher solar radiation. It was developed with detailed data that even accounts for the position of trees, and includes tools that can calculate a system size that will fit into an area defined by the user as well as the amount of electricity that system will generate and information about the cost of the proposed system.

Critigen’s Salt Lake City solar map was developed in collaboration with The Solar Salt Lake Project, a partnership among Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Clean Energy and other partners, as well as through work with CH2M HILL.. It was funded through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar America Cities program.

SF Solar map

image via Critigen

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.