In 2017, Google’s Project Sunroof used satellite images to allow consumers to view which homes in their neighborhood installed solar. San Francisco start-up OhmHome is looking to take things a step further.
The company is offering NextDoor Solar, an online tool that allows consumers to view not only which homes in their neighborhood have solar, but also which company installed the solar and the price of the system (when available). To date, more than 30 major solar markets we have added including Los Angeles, Austin and New York City.
OhmHome said the NextDoor functionality is based on two key aspects of solar adoption. Yale research shows solar adoption in neighborhoods is “contagious” and maps of recent solar installations can provide that extra push for consumers. Also, NREL research that shows local installers can offer consumers 10% more savings than large national companies, but it can be challenging for consumers to research local installers.
While consumers can research local solar installers through traditional review sites such as Yelp or Google Reviews, OhmHome said its NextDoor Solar platform is unique because it maps actual solar installation data. OhmHome built a database of over 500,000 residential solar projects in the U.S. to develop a powerful tool for consumers considering solar.
OhmHome’s mission is to be the most consumer-centric source of independent information for homeowners interested in purchasing solar, electric vehicles and other cleantech products. Consumers can use OhmHome’s buying guides, cost data, savings calculators, state and local guides and product reviews to guide them through the decision process. OhmHome’s recommendations are supported by the company’s research division, OhmAnalytics, which manages a proprietary database of U.S. solar projects and other cleantech products.
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