Google expands project Sunroof to more states in the USA

The COP21 conference came to a successful end earlier this week, with 195 countries agreeing to converge on a deal to reduce carbon emissions and limit the effects of industrialization on the planet’s health.

OK Google “Should I go solar?”

The answer to that question is Google’s project Sunroof that was launched earlier in August this year. It was simple spatial analysis tool that lets one calculate the savings in energy costs if you go solar, but it was only available in Boston, San Francisco and a few other areas in the US. In a blog post “Should you go solar? Just ask Project Sunroof.” earlier this week, Google announced that they are expanding the program to more states in the US.

Google Sunroof coverage

Google Sunroof coverage

Doing our bit for planet

The COP21 agreement cannot be successfully enforced with each citizen also agreeing to limit their carbon footprint, with Project Sunroof its easier to see how our actions can help save the planet, one Watt at a time! Hopefully, Google expands the project to other nations as well.

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World City Populations 1950 - 2030 (2)The map uses data from the UN World Urban Propospects and the tools from CartoDB. For detailed information – have a look at this page. In addition to visualizing the urbanization trends from 1950 till date, the map also has some simple SQL queries that can be used to get a better idea of the urbanization e.g. “Highest absolute growth 2015-2030“.

World City Populations 1950 - 2030

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