SunPower integrates EagleView software program into Residence Survey app for installers

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SunPower and EagleView, a leading air analytics technology provider, today announced a new agreement to reduce the schedules and costs of solar installations. SunPower has combined EagleView’s high-resolution rooftop reports with the new mySunPower Home Survey app so that the company’s solar installers and contractors can create precise, buildable solar designs without a home visit. The functionality is now available to the company’s nationwide network of more than 600 SunPower dealers.

Every new solar system requires an individual design that is tailored to the unique roof and electrical system of the house. Traditionally, this is done with a personal survey that requires professionals to evaluate the house and take roof measurements either by drone or manually. Due to constraints such as customer schedules, weather, drone training, and certification, face-to-face surveys are cumbersome for homeowners, costly for installers, and add time to the solar installation cycle.

The mySunPower Home Survey app with EagleView Roof Reports gives installers all the information they need to create final solar designs without on-site visits. The app aims to replace ladder climbing and drone photography with the industry’s first machine learning technology. Right from the app, homeowners take photos of the structural and electrical components of their home from the ground. SunPower’s patent-pending artificial intelligence software automatically evaluates images and provides homeowners with real-time feedback on the completeness and clarity of the photos. EagleView Roof Reports contain aerial photographs and proprietary 3D models that illustrate roof characteristics with unprecedented accuracy.

By removing the personal site survey, SunPower can cut project cycle times by up to two weeks and reduce the cost of sending a site surveyor home.

“By combining our proprietary software with EagleView’s innovative technology, we can reduce the cost of solar soft and create a better customer experience,” said Norm Taffe, executive vice president of SunPower. “EagleView was an obvious choice because of the current aerial photos of the aircraft fleet, the high-resolution 3D models and the short turnaround time for roof reports.”

EagleView has been capturing high-resolution oblique and orthogonal aerial images with proprietary camera systems installed in its own low-level aircraft for more than 20 years. Using patented and proven computer vision technologies, EagleView digitizes structures to create high-precision three-dimensional models of houses that are supplied as an Inform for Solar product line. These 3D models have been supplied as different data sets for different industries for over a decade.

“We are pleased that SunPower is supporting this level of innovation through our data,” said Piers Dormeyer, President of Construction and Utilities, EagleView. “We look forward to helping US homeowners run solar.”

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