The City of Saskatoon is launching a residential solar potential map that will help homeowners determine if their home is a good candidate for a solar panel installation.
The new map, MyHEAT SOLAR, helps homeowners make decisions about using this renewable energy at home. The platform estimates potential savings over a 25-year life span of the solar panels and shares the estimated number of years until the upfront costs are recovered.
“We are excited to join cities across Canada, like Edmonton, Fredericton, and London in the use of this tool,” says Jeanna South, Director of Sustainability. “The MyHEAT SOLAR map takes some of the guess work out of solar panel installation, and Saskatoon homeowners can easily learn if solar is a good fit for their home and know what to do next if they want to invest in this technology for themselves. This is the first tool we are launching in 2023 to help people in Saskatoon make energy-smart renovations.”
The solar potential map provides estimates of the amount of power that may be generated by installing solar panels on a particular home. It was developed by MyHEAT and Google, and it uses Google Maps and Google’s Project Sunroof technology to quickly calculate a roof’s estimated solar potential and recommended panel size.
"Saskatoon is one of the best places in Canada for solar power. With over 60,000 rooftops suitable for solar in the City, there is an excellent opportunity for Saskatoon residents to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and access potential savings with new solar panels,” says James Henry, Director of Growth & Sustainability at MyHEAT. “MyHEAT SOLAR quickly creates personalized evaluations that can help homeowners plan for the future and learn about available incentives.”
Citizens are encouraged to use the links provided to learn more about solar providers, greenhouse gas emission reduction, and the financial incentives currently being offered to install residential solar panels.
Additional tools to assist with energy-smart renovations will be launched throughout 2023.