2014.09.16

PRESS RELEASE | Mapdwell Releases Solar System™ for Boston

Partnership with the City’s Department of Environment, Energy & Open Space brings Solar System to Boston’s 650,000 residents.



BOSTON, Massachusetts ― September 16th, 2014 ― For Immediate Release

Mapdwell announced today the launch of Solar System for Boston, Mass., in partnership with the City of Boston – through its Department of Environment, Energy, and Open Space – to provide the entire Boston community with the most advanced solar decision-making tool available today. The strategic alliance brings actionable information for solar PV opportunities to home- and business-owners, building managers, installers, and other industry stakeholders.

Conceived as a public good, Solar System is Mapdwell’s open, online, interactive, and user-oriented tool for rooftop solar photovoltaic remote assessment and cost-benefit analysis. It is based on state-of-the-art technology licensed from M.I.T. and delivered though strategic partnerships seeking to amplify the impact of collective sustainability through awareness, education, and community engagement. Covering over 125,000 building structures, the project identified 2,271 Megawatts of potential high-yield photovoltaic capacity capable of delivering 2,132,000 Megawatt-hours per year. This is enough clean, renewable energy to power 200,000 American households, create over $10 billion in local business, and offset carbon emissions equivalent to planting over 37 million trees.

Solar System has now precisely identified more than 5 square miles of rooftop area in Boston that bears high-yield solar potential. The project should be instrumental for achieving the 25% greenhouse gas emission reduction the City has set as a goal for 2020 and dovetails into Greenovate Boston, a community-driven movement looking to “enable people to take simple steps that will make the City a better, greener place to live and work.” With Solar System, the City provides Bostonians with an effective model for crowdsourcing the clean energy economy and creating value through distributed generation.

Mapdwell is proud to take part in the larger sustainability action plan for Boston, ranked as the “Most Energy-Efficient City in the United States” by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

Mapdwell Solar System for Boston, MA is available today at mapdwell.com/boston



About Mapdwell

The Mapdwell Project was inspired by a single purpose: to deliver meaningful information through powerful and engaging tools. Mapdwell’s mission is to provide information at the consumer level that will drive community awareness, sustainable practices, energy efficiency, and smart growth through the aggregate effort of individuals. We believe accurate, transparent, and unbiased information is a significant catalyst of positive change.

Mapdwell works at the intersection of data, design, and technology to craft innovative and comprehensive analysis, assessment, visualization, and information tools for urban and non-urban regions and systems. We turn data into information that can be transformed into action.

Mapdwell was featured as a high impact, early stage company at the 2013 SXSW Eco Conference, the sustainability version of the world renowned, cutting edge cultural, music, interactive, and film conference and festival. Earlier this year Wired Magazine selected Solar System as one of the “The Most Amazing, Beautiful and Viral Maps of 2013.”

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