File under: Yeah, there’s an app for that.
I received an e-mail from Andrew about a Solar Site Assessment app for 3G iPhones. I’ll let him tell the story:
Ilive in Vancouver, BC, when evaluating my own home for a solarinstallation I discovered a gap in the solar tools market. I have a lotof trees in my backyard and was interested in doing my own shadeanalysis assessment. So, I looked around and found expensive tools andmanual sun plots, and nothing in between. At the same time my sonhappened to get an iPhone. I was intrigued with the built in compassand inclinometer capabilities, and putting two and two together I comeup with an iPhone based solar assessment tool.
You can check out more at their website:
I know in New York State, NYSERDA requires a site assessment besubmitted for each application. In order for a site to qualify for theNYSERDA rebates, it has to be 80% unshaded or more. The rebatesthemselves are performance based, e.g. the better the site, the morethe rebate. This app has the ability to print out a site assessment,which is key.