25 July 2012
Geostellar, providers of geomatic technology, today announced an online platform for property owners to instantly analyze the potential value of solar energy on their rooftops. West Virginia (US) serves as the first region in the company’s nationwide rollout, with plans to launch in additional key markets over the remainder of 2012.
Through 3D simulations and proprietary algorithms, Geostellar instantly assesses the energy generation potential, environmental benefits and financial savings of going solar. Interested homeowners and commercial facilities managers can enter their address on Geostellar.com, where the property’s rooftop is analyzed on factors including shading, slope, orientation, incentives and utility rates. Property owners are invited to submit the resulting data to receive a free, independent system design with recommendations on equipment configuration, financing and installation options that provide the best financial return and achieve the maximum benefits from state and federal incentives.
Through the US Department of Energy’s SunShot program, the Rooftop Solar Challenge awarded $12 million in funding to 22 regional teams to improve financing options, reduce barriers and lower costs for commercial and residential solar energy systems. Geostellar received $500,000 to assist with mapping the Mountain State, where a net metering program and a unique incentive for alternative fuels infrastructure have laid the groundwork for a strong solar market.
Geostellar’s West Virginia Full-Scale Solar Team includes West Virginia University Natural Resources Analysis Center, Mountain View Solar, the JOBS Project, and Jack Fuller, PhD, a professor of management and industrial relations at WVU.