In a recent New York Times article LiDAR was highlighted as the technology used to help develop a detailed map of the solar potential of more than 1 million buildings in New York City. Based on a total build out, it was estimated that solar roof panels could meet almost 50% percent of the current estimated daytime peak demand – impressive.
The project was carried out by the City University of New York in conjunction with the city and the federal Department of Energy. As part of the project a website was created where a resident can type in the address of a building where they live or work and find out how much solar power the roof can yield and at what cost.
Thanks to Bill Gutelius at Active Imaging Systems for the link.