Take Your PV System to New Heights with Bird's-Eye View!

September 6, 2013 MODsolar Admin

Mapping out your PV system just got a lot easier! ModSolar Platform’s NEW Bird’s-Eye View feature gives you a whole new perspective when designing a solar system—literally.

If you’ve played around with Google Maps you may already be familiar with the 45 degree view option that allows you to see the building and terrain from an angle. Now, this view is available on The Platform right alongside the standard view.

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Whoops! The array is drawn in a shadowed area.


What can Bird’s-Eye View allow you to do that standard view can’t? Most notably, it can allow you to see relative heights. See the image above? In Standard view, we couldn’t see that the taller building next door might cast a shadow on our building. Now with Bird’s-Eye View, we know not to install panels in that area.

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That’s better.

Bird’s-Eye View also allows you to rotate the camera to see the 45 degree view from North, South, East, or West. Simply click and drag the outer compass ring in the upper left-hand corner.

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Original view
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Rotated view


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There’s that pesky shadow again

Bird’s-Eye View also allows you to use Street View to check out the property you’re mapping a system for. This will give you an idea of the height of surrounding buildings so you can account for potential shadows that may not appear in the aerial image. Remember, Google Maps satellite images are static, so depending on what time of day they were taken you may not be able to see every shadow that casts on the property throughout the day. It can also allow you to better see roof obstructions that you may have missed initially.

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That could be a problem.

Simply drag the orange person icon to the part of the street you’d like to look at to engage Street View. For more about Street View, please refer to this Google support article.

Bird’s-Eye View is only available in areas that Google has implemented it. The map below shows the locations that currently have 45 degree imagery.


View 45° Imagery on Google Maps in a larger map

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