Partnership with the Government of the District of Columbia brings ‘Solar System’ to Washington
Boston, Massachusetts – December 11th, 2013 – For Immediate Release
Mapdwell announced today the unveiling of Mapdwell Solar System for the Washington, D.C. area, in partnership with the District Department of the Environment (DDOE), expanding the state-of-the-art rooftop solar resources tool to the nation’s capital. The strategic alliance brings actionable information to residents, businesses, installers, and industry stakeholders in the D.C. area. It aims to advance education in solar as a renewable energy source and promote solar adoption for distributed generation.
DDOE was the first of several organizations to partner with Mapdwell – an M.I.T. spin-off – after introducing the platform for Cambridge, Mass. The District’s map comes only seven months after the initial rollout of Solar System, and constitutes the first step in Mapdwell’s expansion of the platform in the United States and abroad. In October Mapdwell was recognized among a select group of “high-impact, early stage companies” as part of the South by Southwest Start-Up Springboard, having been selected by the Advisory Board of SXSW Eco, the sustainability version of the world renowned, cutting edge film, music, and interactive conference and festival.
The expanded web application builds upon Solar System’s powerful integrated platform, defined by its intuitive design, engaging interactive user experience, and delivery of the most comprehensive and accurate cost/benefit analysis – open to all. Mapdwell’s proprietary technology has been licensed exclusively from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
For the D.C. sample, Solar System maps the solar potential of over 160,000 buildings, identifying high yielding solar resources for over 2.5 gigawatts of potential solar photovoltaic installations and over $10 billion in local business. It also pinpoints more than 800 existing installations equivalent to ~4 Mega Watts of installed capacity.
This project is yet another testament to Mapdwell’s ability to scale and to the value of its innovative approach toward achieving sustainability collectively.
Solar System for Washington D.C. is available at http://www.mapdwell.com/solarsystem/dc
The Mapdwell Project is about enabling communities with information that will drive sustainable practices, community awareness, energy efficiency, and smart development through the aggregate effort of individuals. By transforming accurate, open, and unbiased information into education and action, the project proposes an organic –yet highly auspicious– approach to the fossil fuel dilemma.
The Mapdwell team works at the intersection of data, design, and technology to craft innovative and intuitive analysis, assessment, and visualization tools – both at the building and context levels – for urban and non-urban regions and systems.
Mapdwell – a collective of professionals and researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) – actively engages communities, municipalities, government agencies, and other organizations to help them spread knowledge and achieve long-term sustainability.