Solar Inquiry Heat Maps

Cool,Environment by on September 18, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Cooler Planet put together a gorgeous time-phased heat map of their solar energy inquiries over time. Its fun to watch the growth of solar energy inquires over time.

solar inquiry heat map

While the map certainly reflects their success as a business, I think it also demonstrates the regional growth in interest in solar power. I’ll admit to my surprise at the number of inquiries that originate in the Boston area - people are definitely making social statements more than they are making practical decisions. Compare the map above to the solar power potential map below:

solar power potential

California Solar Power Mashup

Environment,Startups by on January 25, 2008 at 6:13 pm

The guys at Cooler Planet, put together a very cool Google Map mashup of the growth of solar power in California.

You can see how solar panel installations have grown over time. I took these two screenshots of the installations in Northern California. I find it fascinating that there is more solar generating capacity in Berkeley than in San Francisco or Oakland.

California Solar Heat Map 2001California Solar Heat Map 2008

They used hard-to-access, but publicly available data to build a yearly snapshot of the CA solar installations. I think its a great example of what you can do with government data that hasn’t really ever been put together in a compelling manner.

I’m thrilled to see them take a ‘content-rich’ approach to the solar space. While they don’t make money directly from work like this, it helps build their credibility and awareness in the space and helps establish themselves as a leading solar content destination.

(Disclosure: I made a small investment awhile back in Cooler Planet)

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