Google will start selling maps data to companies developing solar products
Google intends to sell new mapping APIs that will enable businesses to create products that use energy and environmental data. According to documents obtained by CNBC, the company has information on over 350 million buildings.
A screenshot of Project Sunroof shows the map data offered by the pilot project, which is meant to help consumers plan solar installations for their homes.© Provided by CNBC
According to CNBC, Google intends to license new sets of mapping data to a variety of companies for use in developing renewable energy products, with the goal of earning up to $100 million in its first year. Google plans to sell new mapping APIs that will allow businesses to create products that make use of energy and environmental data. CNBC obtained documents revealing that the company has information on over 350 million buildings.
Google hopes to assist people, cities, and businesses in reducing their carbon emissions by 1 gigatonne (metric) of carbon equivalent per year by 2030 through three new APIs.
During a recent event called ‘Google Cloud Next,’ the company unveiled its latest and most intelligent initiative: a series of APIs —application programming interfaces— focused on various aspects such as solar radiation, air quality, and pollen counts that aim to revolutionize the way you interact with this valuable and difficult-to-calculate data.