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Going beyond the map: Introducing Environment APIs

When it comes to the environment, we’re at a moment that’s defining a generation and will impact generations to come. Now more than ever, it’s important to continue our efforts to reduce our environmental impact–and we know that we get more done when we move together.

Over the years Google Maps Platfroms has evolved what a map can do. Now thier expanding what developers can do with Google Maps Platform to build experiences that pave the way for a sustainable future. They recently introduced a new suite of Environment APIs: Solar, Air Quality, and Pollen. These APIs help developers better understand an ever-changing world so they can create new sustainability tools, share actionable insights, and encourage people to adapt to new environmental realities.

Scaling solar adoption and installation

Clean energy alternatives are essential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy insecurity. To help accelerate solar adoption and deployment, Google Maps Platform launched the Solar API with the goal of helping solar companies give homeowners the information they need to make informed decisions about solar installation. The Solar API builds on the foundation of Project Sunroof, a personalised solar savings estimator for consumers powered by Google Earth imagery. They expanded on these capabilities using artificial intelligence to provide data and insights that are more precise than publicly available LIDAR data or satellite-derived 3D models.

The Solar API has two distinct functionalities to help all kinds of solar companies address solar viability and design. Building Insights provide quick insights into solar viability, such as the amount of sunlight a building receives and the most energy efficient solar panel array. Data Layers provide detailed insights that facilitate the design of solar systems, such as the shading that may affect a system's performance and the digital surface model of the rooftop.

Available in over 40 countries for over 320 million buildings, the Solar API helps solar companies give their customers the info they need to move forward with solar installation and contribute to a carbon-free future together.

Get in touch with us today to find out how your business can benefit from Google Maps Platform’s different use cases.

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