We are excited to announce a partnership with Esri, the global leader in spatial analytics, that will help consumers get more accurate assessments if their home is suitable for solar power, powered by analysis technology that uses the common visual language of maps to understand data.
At PowerScout.com, consumers can enter their address and get an instant assessment if their home is suitable for solar power. If suitable, consumers get competitive quotes from a curated list of PowerScout certified local solar installers. Using Lidar data with support from Esri’s ArcGIS platform, we analyze homes and buildings and create a digital surface model of the roofspace. By identifying each roof facet, its orientation and slope, we can instantly identify the best, unobstructed roof facets for solar power and the number of solar panels that can fit on each. Armed with Esri’s powerful integration of geography and analytics known as The Science of WhereTM, PowerScout will be able to reveal deeper insights into location data, enabling customers to make better-informed decisions about purchasing solar power.
“Esri is happy to have PowerScout as a new partner,” said Bill Meehan, Esri head of utility solutions. “The combination of PowerScout’s software and Esri’s powerful spatial analytics technology takes the guesswork out of evaluating of what can be a confusing decision about what size solar power system to buy, and how to orient it.”
The integration with ArcGIS allows PowerScout to unlock the data’s full potential by analyzing millions of properties at scale with high efficiency. Consumers can now get an instant answer to whether their roof is ideal for solar panels. Current industry practice requires an expert to visit a consumer’s home and perform a site survey before determining if a roof is viable for solar power and how many panels can fit on it. PowerScout with ArcGIS support, eliminates the need for a site survey before a solar sale is complete and thus it reduces the costs associated with adopting solar power.
“Solar energy is sold the way vacuum cleaners were sold in the 1960’s door-to-door with very little sophistication in the consumer experience,” said Attila Toth, CEO and Co-Founder of PowerScout. “Now that PowerScout is integrated with the ArcGIS platform, consumers can instantly get a free assessment of their home’s viability for solar power and get connected to the best local service providers. It completely changes the way solar is bought.”
PowerScout is a data-driven marketplace for smart home improvement. Efficiency-focused upgrades, such as solar power, electric storage, electric vehicle charging, energy efficient heating, cooling and windows and water efficient appliances represent the fastest growing segment within the $315B U.S. home improvement market. PowerScout leverages artificial intelligence and 100Bn data points to model savings, home value and carbon footprint impact on the entire U.S. residential housing stock. PowerScout aims to make consumer decisions around sustainable smart home improvement as easy as Credit Karma made finding the perfect credit card. PowerScout enables customers to purchase with confidence by providing competitive bids from a curated list of best-in-class technology, installation and financing service providers. Visit us at //powerscout.com
Esri, the global market leader in geographic information systems (GIS), offers the most powerful mapping and spatial analytics technology available. Since 1969, Esri has helped customers unlock the full potential of data to improve operational and business results. Today, Esri software is deployed in more than 350,000 organizations including the world’s largest cities, most national governments, 75% of the Fortune 500, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. Esri engineers the most advanced solutions for digital transformation, IoT, and location analytics to create the maps that run the world. Visit us at esri.com.