What Google Sunroof will mean for Australian power bills

Shirley Liu 24 August 2015

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Google's new Sunroof project promises to make solar panels cheaper and better. How long will Aussies have to wait for them?

What is Project Sunroof?

On the simplest level, Project Sunroof is Google Maps for solar energy. Enter your address and Project Sunroof will show how much sun your home gets and how much money you could save by installing solar panels. It will also help you to find and compare solar providers in your area.

Can I use Project Sunroof?

Project Sunroof is currently being trialled in San Francisco, Boston and Fresno. Google says it will make the tool "more broadly available" in the coming months. Many of Google's map-based products do end up in Australia, so we have our fingers crossed.

Is Project Sunroof free?

Yes. Project Sunroof is a research project now, so Google doesn't have a commercial relationship with the providers it recommends, but that might change in the future.

Are there other ways I can save money with solar panels?

Yes, there are lots of ways. The easiest is to contact a specialist solar consultant (you can use the form on this page to find one). If you want to learn more about solar, check out our guides.

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