We’ve collected lots of solar PV data so far. The remaining challenge is the “long tail”, and possibly we can get some of this by a large diffuse crowd - i.e. not hardcore mappers, but the general public.
I’ve tried to draft instructions as simple as possible for someone who’s new to this. Please could you give me your feedback on whether the following instructions can be made CLEARER or SIMPLER:
Do YOU know of solar panels near you? If so, here’s a really simple way to get them added to the map:
1: Visit openstreetmap.org
2: Use the search box (top-left) to find your local area - and zoom in close so you can see details such as buildings.
3: Right-click and choose “Add a note here”.
4: Type in some notes. Make sure to mention solar or PV in your text. It can be really helpful to add description such as “solar PV on the third house along this street”
If you do this, you’ll be leaving a public note, and an existing OpenStreetMap user will come along and turn it into map data. But if you like, you can dive right in and edit OpenStreetMap yourself! (Just remember: don’t copy any information from google or other commercial maps - copyright issues. )