Geoscape Solar can help you plan, locate, design, sell, assess or monitor solar panels across urban areas in each state and territory of Australia.
Underwriting insurance, forecasting energy use, marketing solar panels, or developing government policy for the burgeoning renewables industry? Geoscape Solar can help.
Geoscape Solar gives you access to photovoltaic solar panels around Australia. The dataset is captured via high-resolution aerial images, using artificial intelligence (AI) technology.
With Geoscape Solar you get information for the exact area measurement of the solar panels on a building and an estimate of their power generation capacity.
By working with the provider of national datasets, you can shape your solutions and make your data sourcing more efficient.
Geoscape Solar Features
- Exact measurement of the area of all the solar panels on a building.
- Estimate a solar panel’s capacity on an average day, in kilowatt hours.
- Integrates directly with G-NAF to offer insights at an address level.
- Solar panel data is recaptured and updated regularly.
- Identify up to three types of solar polygons on a building – Monocrystalline, Polycrystalline and Thin-film.
- Learn about a building’s roof shape and roof material.
*the code that unzips the sample data file can be found in the evaluation agreement avaialble in the link.
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Geoscape Solar Use Cases
Underwriters can see the solar panels, to better understand the associated risk and calculate a premium. Geoscape Solar offers an overview of solar panels in a particular area and hence big picture exposure to property insurance claims. Date stamped data can assist in countering fraud.
Energy Analytics and Modelling
Energy profiles vary across buildings. Geoscape Solar allows modelling of power consumption, so forecasting demand and usage is easier. Information around panel, address and roof area makes it possible to also calculate a building’s potential to generate energy.
Targeted residential marketing campaigns to optimise customer acquisition is easier with Geoscape Solar to locate solar-free houses and pinpoint residents. Marketers can even use our data to find existing solar panel customers and offer solar panel upgrades or upsell companion products like inverters and batteries.
Our data can be used by governments developing renewable energy policy, measuring uptake, monitoring its impact and promoting the success of government initiatives. Geoscape Solar may also inform planning; helping governments who are developing models of commercial and residential buildings to understand energy consumption and generation, and the factors impacting these.
- Monocrystalline – made from a single pure silicon crystal that is cut into several wafers to be used for the panel’s cells. These panels are dark-black with minimal edging around them.
- Polycrystalline – made from multiple silicon crystals. These panels are generally blue and have thick white edging.
- Thin-film – made by depositing thin layers of photovoltaic material (made of silicon, cadmium, copper and other elements) on a substrate to create a solar cell. These panels can be flexible or rigid and do not have edging.
Our AI partner analyses differences in texture and colour in the imagery, to identify the three solar panel types.
Generally, solar panels aren’t placed under trees or anything else that might cover them. We work within the limitations of remote sensing but, we have ways to estimate the shape of features that are partially obscured.
We consider several factors such as panel type and size, and climate.
Geoscape Solar covers urban areas in every Australian state and territory.
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