Installing solar panels on your home is one of the smartest things you can do, but it's also costly -- even if you're using Ikea's upcoming solar sheets. Finding out after the fact that you've installed panels in the least ideal location of your property can be a super bummer.
RoofRay, a new California startup, is trying to help solar consumers with their installation decisions. The beta site offers modeling tools that help you estimate how much solar energy your home could capture and how it would affect your monthly bills based on past weather conditions, current power bills, the slope of your house, and how much paneling your roof can hold...
One of the tools RoofRay uses is Google Maps.
Photos: top, Green Packs; bottom two, RoofRay