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December 20th, 2021
Nearmap renews push into US$10.8bn solar market in the U.S.

SALT LAKE CITY – Solar businesses, installers and designers supporting the US$10.8bn solar industry will now benefit from artificial intelligence data sets, access to a wide range of solar design tools, and better API integration, following a renewed solar push in North America by leading aerial imagery and location intelligence company Nearmap.

Nearmap supports solar customers in North America to identify and qualify leads, more accurately estimate the solar power potential of properties, and plan and design installations.

Tony Agresta, General Manager of North America, Nearmap said: “We’ve learned from an overwhelming majority of our customers that they want to choose how they use Nearmap content in their business. This includes having the flexibility to access properties instantly through Nearmap MapBrowser, or via solar solution providers that deliver on their own platforms solar designs, proposals and cost saving estimates. The solar market is highly competitive, with many software providers creating specific tools to improve the workflows of solar professionals. Nearmap is responding by adding flexibility, better integrations, and market-leading content – including high-resolution aerial imagery and Artificial Intelligence data sets – to better support our solar customers in North America.”

Solar customers can now access Nearmap artificial intelligence (AI) data sets to help them make faster and more accurate decisions. This will also support their workflows to improve the performance of their sales and services teams. With ‘Nearmap AI’, solar installers and designers can visualize properties remotely, instantly view solar panels and vegetation layers, and clearly visualize how these attributes can assist their projects.

Nearmap AI is built on a rich layer of content that uses machine learning to turn Nearmap high resolution imagery into information and insights, creating one of the most accurate and richest AI offerings in the market.

What this means for customers is that they can analyze huge numbers of properties and areas efficiently, without a person needing to look at the imagery. Customers can integrate the AI data directly into their applications to pull data for any property at a specific location and point in time, within seconds.

The latest Nearmap AI offering delivers 200+ facts per address including building heights, and stories. Nearmap also processes machine learning on its 3D data for richer insights about attributes including buildings, solar panels, and vegetation, in addition to Nearmap high-resolution 2D imagery.

Mr Agresta said: “Artificial Intelligence and machine learning have come of age. Nearmap can do things with AI that nobody else can do — because of our 3D content, and because of the currency and consistency of our coverage. The insights that Nearmap AI provides are transformative for our customers.”

As a consequence of the refreshed solar strategy in North America, Nearmap is no longer selling the ‘Nearmap on OpenSolar’ product in North America. Current subscribers will be able to use ‘Nearmap on OpenSolar’ until May 1, 2022.

“Nearmap is a location analytics company,” Mr Agresta said. “Our strengths are directly tied to the efficiency of our captures and the delivery of high-resolution aerial content at scale. Nearmap also provides the only scalable artificial intelligence solution in the industry. We will continue to expand our coverage in North America, which already covers +108 million properties in the region. Nearmap will also continue to deliver enhanced forms of aerial content and create flexible APIs to allow our partners to integrate our content into their solar design workflows.”

Solar companies have made huge progress in solar design, integrating Nearmap imagery to assist in that design. Nearmap will support an even larger range of solar design partners in North America – via standards-compliant APIs – including Aurora Solar, Enphase, Helioscope, OpenSolar, Solar Nexus, SOLO, and many other companies.

About Nearmap | nearmap.com
Nearmap provides easy, instant access to high resolution aerial imagery, city-scale 3D content, AI data sets, and geospatial tools. Using its own patented camera systems and processing software, Nearmap captures wide-scale urban areas in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand several times each year, making current content instantly available in the cloud via web app or API integration. Every day, Nearmap helps thousands of users conduct virtual site visits for deep, data-driven insights— enabling informed decisions, streamlined operations and better financial performance.

Founded in Australia in 2007, Nearmap is one of the largest aerial survey companies in the world and is publicly listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX:NEA).