Modeling light for solar panel placement in urban settings

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering investigate shadow modeling for solar panel placement and beyond. Credit: Andrés Arias-Rosales

Solar panel installation in cities requires setups tailored to the complex geometry of urban spaces that provide the most direct sunlight to each panel. Among the processes for designing the most efficient setup is shadow modeling.

The cost of solar photovoltaic systems (more commonly, solar panels) has fallen drastically in the past decade. Through a combination of environmental consideration and economic feasibility, solar panels are being installed in more places and used in larger projects. The demand for solar panels …

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