By Laura Machala, solar energy coordinator
Created as part of the Solar Ready II initiative, the Metro KC Solar Map is a new, interactive website that allows users to look up any address in eight counties in the Kansas City region and view its solar energy potential.
Site visitors can click on any building to display the available roof area for solar, the potential photovoltaic system size, annual electricity cost savings, return on investment, and monthly solar potential in kilowatt hours. The site also provides basic information about solar power and how to contact solar installers. Additional tools still in development will allow users to draw around future building sites to calculate solar potential, and also calculate the solar capacity of an entire street or neighborhood.
Solar Ready II is funded by a Department of Energy Rooftop Solar Challenge II grant. Regional planning council partners are working with more than 200 local governments nationally, representing a population of nearly 19 million people. Locally, Solar Ready II is working with 21 jurisdictions to streamline solar permitting and implement other best management practices that encourage and facilitate solar installation.
Solar mapping website: www.kcsolarmap.org.
For more information, contact Laura Machala, Solar Energy Coordinator, at 816-701-8244 or firstname.lastname@example.org.