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Solar Access Sharing Startup in the US

Posted in Models, Sustainable Cities by Kate Archdeacon on January 19th, 2011

by Dayna Burtness via Springwise

Image by Davide Cassenti via flickr under this Creative Commons license.  See also http://davide.cassenti.org

The new real estate is your roof (or even your front yard).  With new thinking, the right information, being connected and a little entrepreneurship, new models of sustainability and new economic value can be revealed.   Put all of this together and you get Seglet.

Solar power is not quite as straightforward in the United States as it is in many other countries, largely because there is no countrywide policy on solar encouragement. Nonetheless, rooftops and other sunny spaces remain a desirable asset for utility companies and independent power producers, and that’s where Seglet comes in. The California-based site aims to connect property owners with commercial and individual users interested in renting or profit-sharing rooftops and other property segments.

Property owners begin by listing their roof or open land for free; Seglet automatically adds solar radiation and other details. Energy companies, independent power producers, energy consultants, investors, urban agriculturalists and others in need of sunny, open space can then browse through Seglet when they need a location for a new project. Along with each listing, they can easily see the site’s solar radiation, wind speed and wind direction, and meteorological data.

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