Pictometry Makes Aerial Imagery Solutions Available to Solar Contractors

NEW YORK — (BUSINESS WIRE) — March 25, 2011Pictometry Online™, a web-based technology offering a vast library of 3-D-like, high resolution aerial images, is now enabling solar contractors to quickly, easily and accurately calculate solar exposure, panel placement, sizing, roof pitch and square footage—information that is essential for positioning panels for maximum sun exposure and energy output.

Providing oblique angle images of properties throughout the United States, Pictometry offers the most advanced set of technologies that allow contractors to view and measure available roof space, determine the tilt and direction of the roof, and even identify obstacles that could make installation difficult or cause shade problems.

“Determining whether or not a home or commercial building is suitable for mounting solar panels is a big part of the job,” said Kevin Reilley, president of Pictometry Business Solutions. “Pictometry enables solar installation contractors to pre-qualify jobs right from their computer. This saves costly runarounds and speeds up the installation process, thus saving contractors time and money, while reducing carbon emissions.”

Determining the proper placement of solar panels is typically more complicated than taking a simple four-corner roof measurement. Steep, multi-story, and chopped-up roofs increase the complexity involved in determining panel placement, which in turn, increases human error. Using Pictometry to calculate accurate roof measurements makes the process of measuring unorthodox roofs a less daunting and error-filled task.

“Our goal is to make it easier and cheaper to install solar panels,” said Reilley. “Pictometry helps contractors reduce costs in assessments, bidding, staging, marketing, sales and support, while increasing their performance and ultimately, customer satisfaction.”

Macri Roofing, Inc., a full service roofing and solar panel installation company that has served the industrial/commercial and residential roofing industry for more than 54 years, uses Pictometry not only to easily determine panel placement , but also to educate prospective customers on the process of solar panel installation. For many property owners, cost and complications are the leading deterrents to retrofitting their rooftop with solar panels.

“Most of our customers have a general idea of what they’re getting when they’re repairing or replacing a roof, but when it comes to solar panel installation, they don’t have nearly as much information,” said Brandon Macri, estimator and solar specialist at Macri Roofing, Inc. “Pictometry gives us the ability to generate images that show people how solar panels will look on their homes without ever stepping foot on their roofs.”

Additional information about Pictometry is available online at http://www.pictometryonline.com/solar/pr/1/ or by calling 888-584-1086.

About Pictometry Online™

Pictometry is a leading provider of geo-referenced aerial, oblique image libraries and related software. With customers throughout the U.S. and licensing partners around the globe, Pictometry uses a proprietary image capture process to produce Pictometry Intelligent Images®, so you can See Everywhere, Measure Anything, Plan Everything.®


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