In My Backyard : a Renewable Energy Analytical Tool for Consumers

US DOE, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Website: http://www.nrel.gov/eis/imby/
Press release: http://www.nrel.gov/features/20081219_imby.html

[Website and press release]  The In My Backyard (IMBY) tool estimates the electricity you can produce with a solar photovoltaic (PV) array or wind turbine at your home or business. Homeowners, businesses, and researchers use IMBY to develop quick estimates of renewable energy production at locations throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, and northern Mexico.

IMBY uses a map-based interface to allow you to choose the exact location of your PV array or wind turbine. Based on your location, system size, and other variables, IMBY estimates the electricity production you can expect from your system.

The In My Backyard (IMBY) tool estimates the electricity you can produce with a solar photovoltaic (PV) array or wind turbine at your home or business. Homeowners, businesses, and researchers use IMBY to develop quick estimates of renewable energy production at locations throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, and northern Mexico.

IMBY uses a map-based interface to allow you to choose the exact location of your PV array or wind turbine. Based on your location, system size, and other variables, IMBY estimates the electricity production you can expect from your system.

To get started, visit the IMBY Web site and follow the onscreen links.

What pops up should look familiar. IMBY uses a Google Maps interface to allow users to choose with pinpoint accuracy where consumers might want to install a renewable energy system.

Go the box on the upper-right hand side of the screen and type in the property’s street address, such as “400 East 8th Avenue, Denver, CO.”

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