By inputting a New York City address, NYC residents can use the NYC Solar Map (click here for larger image) to estimate the solar energy potential for every building in NYC’s five boroughs. This map is the world’s largest LiDAR-based solar map, and highlights existing solar installations; displays real-time solar energy production; and shows the user the costs, incentives, and payback period for investing in solar.
“The release of the solar map is another example of New York City’s commitment to supporting the development of solar energy as part of PlaNYC,” said Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith said in a release. “By putting valuable data and analysis at the public’s fingertips, the solar map will allow New Yorkers to better understand the potential impact that pursuing solar energy can have on the power grid."
Jessica Mulholland served as the Web editor of Government Technology magazine from October 2012 through September 2017. She worked for the Government Technology editorial team for nearly 10 years.