[Talk-GB] RFC: Solar panel mapping in the UK

Jez Nicholson jez.nicholson at gmail.com
Wed Apr 3 16:36:11 UTC 2019

I'm with you on a Solar Quarterly Project, given my work on UK Renewable
Energy mapping.

AFAIK the list of large solar farms on the wiki is completely up-to-date.
There aren't many linked to sites that have already been mapped yet, but
will show the gaps when they are.

- Jez

On Wed, Apr 3, 2019 at 5:23 PM Dan S <danstowell+osm at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I'd like to propose that for OSM in the UK we have a project to map
> solar electricity panels (photovoltaics or "PV").
> Why? In brief:
> * We can do this! It involves a nice mix of aerial imagery, local
> on-the-ground observation, etc; and anyone can do it, in the town and
> in the countryside.
> * The tagging is already pretty well-defined.
> * We have auxiliary sources of information (from UK government
> departments) to help us know where to look, to help us estimate
> completeness, etc.
> * The data will be useful - e.g. to help the National Grid predict how
> much solar power they'll receive on any given day (allowing them to
> reduce the amount of coal power they burn), or to help select good
> locations for new installations. I've been in conversation with people
> who would use the data for these things. It's also good mapping in
> general - these things are often visible landmarks etc.
> * We can visualise our work delightfully using Russ' OpenInfraMap:
> https://twitter.com/openinframap/status/1113362591642992640
> There are two parts to this: rooftop solar (there are about 900,000
> installations in GB), and large solar farms (there are about 1,000 in
> GB). OSM currently has about 13,000 items in GB tagged as
> generator:method=photovoltaic.
> For rooftop solar see info we've compiled here:
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Renewable_energy_in_the_United_Kingdom/Rooftop_Solar_PV
> For large solar farms, there's this list (from a while ago but quite
> useful):
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Renewable_energy_in_the_United_Kingdom#List_of_under_construction_and_operational_UK_Ground_Mounted_Solar_Farms
> We could focus on just one of these or on both. In each case there's
> plenty of mapping to do, as well as a bit of cleanup or augmentation
> of existing items.
> In both cases OSM UK people are already having a look into it and
> doing useful mapping, so I'm sure there will be some useful advice
> from experience. (See e.g. Jerry's blog, linked from the wiki page
> above.)
> This could be a quarterly project. Currently it's a request for
> comments. What do you think?
> Best
> Dan
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