Satellite imagery company GeoEye has teamed up with Geostellar in a partnership that aims to map and catalog the photovoltaic solar potential of every commercial and residential property in the United States.
Under terms of the agreement, GeoEye will supply Earth imagery, digital surface models and other mapping data to help Geostellar expand its existing service. Herndon, Virginia-based GeoEye also intends to take a small equity stake in the company.
Analytics startup Geostellar uses big data tools to model a property’s roof slope, shadows and weather patterns, combined with local utility rates and incentives, to determine how quickly a property owner can recoup an investment in solar energy. Solar installers and utilities use the data service to target potential customers. Clean energy developers also can use the information to determine whether a potential site makes economic sense.