October 16, 2023

What & How Technology Is Used for Solar Site Assessments 

The global shift towards sustainable energy sources has prompted a surge in solar power adoption. As the demand for renewable energy continues to rise, the efficiency and accuracy of solar site assessments become paramount. As a pioneer in aerial imagery and data analytics, EagleView has revolutionized the field by harnessing advanced technology to streamline and enhance the solar site assessment process. In this article, we will delve into the innovative technologies employed by EagleView for solar site assessments and explore how these advancements promote scalability in the renewable energy sector. 

Aerial Imagery and High-Resolution Data Collection 

EagleView’s solar site assessments begin with the capture of high-resolution aerial imagery. This imagery is obtained through a combination of cutting-edge tools such as drones and aircraft equipped with state-of-the-art cameras. These technologies enable EagleView to obtain detailed and up-to-date images of the targeted solar sites. The high-resolution data collected provides crucial information about the site’s topography, shading, and other relevant factors that influence solar energy production. With EagleView’s large geospatial data and imagery library that encompasses 94% of the U.S. population and includes both top-down and side-angle views, you can have complete remote visibility to residential properties for solar prospecting, planning, and validation. 

Advanced 3D Modeling 

Once the aerial imagery is collected, EagleView employs advanced photogrammetry techniques to create accurate 3D models of the solar sites. This process involves stitching together multiple images to construct a comprehensive 3D representation of the area. These models allow for precise measurements and assessments of site characteristics, including terrain, structures, and vegetation. The detailed 3D models facilitate the identification of potential obstructions and shading issues, enabling solar developers to optimize panel placement for maximum energy output. 

Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence 

EagleView leverages machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to analyze vast amounts of data accurately. These algorithms can identify and classify objects such as trees, buildings, and infrastructure in the imagery. By automating the detection of shading sources and potential obstacles, EagleView’s technology significantly reduces the time and effort required for manual site assessments. This data-driven approach enhances the scalability of solar projects by expediting the decision-making process. 

Shade Analysis and Energy Modeling 

Accurate shade analysis is crucial for determining the solar potential of a site. EagleView’s technology enables precise shade modeling by simulating the sun’s position throughout the year. By incorporating variables such as latitude, longitude, time of day, and seasonal changes, EagleView’s shade analysis provides a comprehensive understanding of shading patterns. This information empowers solar developers to optimize panel placement, ensuring minimal shading and maximum energy production. 

Remote Site Evaluation and Virtual Collaboration 

EagleView’s innovative technologies enable remote site evaluation, reducing the need for in-person visits and expediting the assessment process. Solar developers and stakeholders can access detailed site information, making informed decisions without the constraints of physical presence. This remote accessibility saves time and resources, contributing to the scalability of solar projects. 


EagleView’s commitment to technological innovation has redefined the landscape of solar site assessments. By harnessing aerial imagery, machine learning, and AI, EagleView streamlines the process, enhances accuracy, and promotes scalability in the renewable energy sector. As the demand for solar power continues to grow, EagleView’s cutting-edge technologies play a pivotal role in facilitating efficient and informed decision-making for solar developers, driving the transition towards a sustainable and renewable energy future. 

To learn more about how EagleView’s technology can improve scalability in your solar site assessments, contact EagleView today

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