SimSolar

How it works

This website is powered by the London Solar Opportunity Model built by researchers at UCL Energy Institute for the Mayor of London.

It employs LiDAR data, which is basically a really detailed 3D scan of the shape of the land, buildings, trees, etc. in London. Using this data we are able to work out how much sunlight a solar panel set up anywhere in London would receive at any minute of any day of the year. This helps us work out electricity generation potential. Of course it isn’t sunny of the time, so we also use weather data to refine our estimates.

SimSolar

How it works