I use several software tools to help design solar energy systems. One of the important tools is Bing Maps. Bing offers aerial views that are not just satellite overhead plan views, but angled views of most homes in Southwest Florida.
Aerial views can help determine suitability of a home or roof surface for solar energy products. I can see potential shading issues, and estimate roof sizes (I can get more accurate size information using other tools, which I will highlight in later posts). Sometimes we can see vents, satellite dishes, power lines, and other roof obstructions that may pose problems.
Google Maps also recently started offering 45 degree angle views. For now I still prefer Bing Maps, but I use both to get the most information possible.
If you want to see what you home looks like from above, don’t settle for one-dimensional overhead satellite views. Give Bing Maps a try!