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Solar site surveying tool for Android

Post in 'The Green Room' started by semipro, Jul 25, 2012.

  1. semipro

    semipro Minister of Fire

    Jan 12, 2009
    SW Virginia
    I've been trying to find a good site on our property for my planned ground-mounted PV array. We live in a heavily wooded area with some cleared space. I'm willing to trim/fell some trees if needed but wanted to minimize that.

    I came across this app for Android devices and thought others here might be interested. It uses the accelerometer, GPS, and compass in a phone to allow you to map your horizon with respect to the sun's movment to predict site potential.

    Its expensive as Android apps go ($14) but well worth it to me if it does what it says it does.


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  2. GaryGary

    GaryGary Feeling the Heat

    Jul 12, 2010
    SW Montana
    That looks good -- I'd be interested in hearing how it works out for you.

    This is one for iPhone that I'm told does a good job, but its quite a bit more expensive: http://www.imeasuresystems.com/

    I actually like the manual site survey because it makes people think about sun paths and introduces the use of the Sun Path Charts -- probably the most single useful piece of paper in the universe :)
    The manual survey is a great thing to do with the kids -- everyone should know the basics on how the sun moves.



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