Aerial mapping company Bluesky has assessed the solar power potential of 500,000 properties in the UK. The company has hit the half-a-million milestone a year after launching its independent solar assessment service.

Bluesky’s unique method calculates the energy potential using its own countrywide, high-resolution aerial imagery which is combined with 3D computer modelling to determine the size, aspect and gradient of individual properties. The suitability of each roof element is then considered individually, taking into account roof shape and other obstructions such as sky lights or dormer windows, as well as potential obstructions such as neighbouring properties or trees.

The company has recently unveiled plans to extend its solar mapping project nationwide as well as developing a new on demand service that will provide detailed solar suitability reports for specific properties.

Bluesky’s services have already proved popular with a raft of solar stakeholders, including local authorities as well as installers.  

“Installing solar energy panels is not about short term gains but rather a long term return on investment for both the property owner and the environment. However, if tariffs are reduced it becomes more important than ever to get an accurate and independent assessment of a property’s suitability in order to fully understand the balance between installation costs, energy savings and potential income,” explains Rachel Tidmarsh, Managing Director of Bluesky International Ltd.
Bluesky will be showcasing its solar mapping services on stand N3467 at this year’s EcoBuild on 20-22 March 2012.