Using Satellites to Track Solar Farm Growth

Courtney Layman
Aug 12, 2019 · 7 min read

Driven by climate change concerns, there has been significant growth in the renewable energy industry worldwide. Part of the reason for that growth is that environmentally-driven policy is making photovoltaic (PV) technology more affordable than ever. Consequently, solar panels are being erected faster than can be reliably recorded, especially in developing countries where much of the data is self-reported. At Astraea, we are building a scalable geospatial platform to bring the power of machine learning to Earth-observing data. In our solar farm detection study, we used…