Green Collar Careers - Solar Site
The purpose of a Site Survey is to provide a visual overview of the
property and identify specific equipment locations. Using some
of the tools and websites identified below will give you the
opportunity to evaluate the property in advance for suitable locations
and potential obstacles. Your goal is to take as little time on
the premesis to gather exactly the information required.
Google Earth has a free
download that provides the tools to create an excellent Site
Diagram and align the building to True South (Solar Noon).
Try it on your own home, and zoom in full view; not all homes in
America will zoom in full view, most will. Look for the best
southern exposure. Click on the image to see a larger view.
After downloading the Google Earth software take
some time to go through the features; you can always start
over. Its an easy tool to master after about 30 minutes.
After you've had some time to learn it, in the View menu,
selecting "Grid" will display a latitude-longitude grid in which
the grid lines run in the north-south and east-west directions.
Note the information along the bottom includes degrees latitude and longitude.
From the menu bar select "Copy Image" and save it with a graphic
package such as Windows Paint, Fireworks, Adobe or the application of
your choice. (If you would like a free graphics package that
works well with Google Earth, try
out a copy of the home at optimal zoom. Try to sketch out the
outline of the house on a piece of graph paper. It doesn't need
to be perfect or fancy and use a ruler. These are your
Site Plan documents.