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By moneyeditor
August 18, 2015

Google has unveiled Project Sunroof, an effort the company says it has launched because it wants to make installing home solar panels “easy and understandable for anyone.”

Built on Google Maps, Project Sunroof uses that mapping information, along with other data, to calculate a “roof analysis” letting you know the size of the solar panels you might install to cover up to 100% of your energy usage, along with the money you’d save under different financing options.

Should you decide to install solar panels on the roof of your house, Google can also put you in touch with local solar providers.

At present, the service is available in only three cities: Fresno, Calif.; Boston; and, of course, San Francisco.

Read next: Why You Should Think Seriously About Going Solar

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