The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has released an app for analysing how much solar energy you’d receive at any particular location. Developed by the Ahmedabad-based Space Applications Centre (SAC), on the orders of the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Solar Calculator can present you with the amount of solar energy at one point, or even let you look at a heat map of the entire country.
The app would mostly help users decide where to install photovoltaic solar panels to generate clean energy. The app, currently only available for Android here, provides readings in the form of KiloWatt Hours per metre square, generated over a single month or year, as well as daylight hours at the location during various seasons.
It also offers a minimum and maximum temperature to calculate realistic solar potential. The Solar Calculator app works by pulling data from India’s geostationary satellites like Kalpana-1, INSAT-3D and INSAT-3DR), as well as providing optimal tilt angles for the solar panels. One can even access the desktop version of the app here, though there might be some conspicuous cities absent from the list.
Geostationary satellites - A geostationary satellite is an earth-orbiting satellite, placed at an altitude of approximately 35,800 kilometers (22,300 miles) directly over the equator, that revolves in the same direction the earth rotates (west to east).
ISRO - The Indian Space Research Organization is the space agency of the Government of India headquartered in the city of Bengaluru. The establishment of ISRO thus institutionalised space activities in India. It is managed by the Department of Space, which reports to the Prime Minister of The Republic of India.
Formed in 1969, ISRO superseded the erstwhile Indian National Committee for Space Research (INCOSPAR) established in 1962 by the efforts of independent India's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, and his close aide and scientist Vikram Sarabhai.