The Playboy Mansion can save $4904 a year with solar panels!
Architect Alex Landau wants to make installing solar panels “as easy as ordering a pizza online.” This is the premise of SOLarchitect, a New Orleans-based startup that allows people to easily assess the solar potential of a building and design an accompanying solar system for free. According to Good Magazine, users of the online service will be able to drag and drop solar panels onto aerial images of their homes, as exemplified in the solarized Playboy Mansion above. SOLarchitect will then tie together the loose ends for you, breaking down the cost by and estimating the tax credit and the potential energy savings based on the location of the building. Moreover, the start-up will bring in bids from up to three specialized contractors in the area to install the panels.
The site is currently designed for industry professionals, but Landau hopes to launch a consumer-friendly platform later this year. In the meantime, we’ll continue using the internet to order pizzas, or to purchase one of these.
President Obama could offset 87 barrels of oil a year by installing solar panels on the White House.
[All images via SOLarchitect Studio]