Critigen Debuts Solar Map for Salt Lake City

Company Leverages Work with CH2M HILL and U.S. Department of Energy to Bring Latest Generation of Solar Map Online

Denver, December 27, 2010 – Critigen, a global technology consultancy, today lifted the veil on its latest solar map, which has been built for the citizens of Salt Lake City. The map, which can be viewed at:, was developed in collaboration with The Solar Salt Lake Project, an innovative partnership among Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Clean Energy and other partners; as well as through work with CH2M HILL and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar America Cities program. Debuting today, the solar map gives the citizens of Salt Lake City the ability to visit the site, enter in a property address and see a visual snapshot of the property rooftop and its suitability for solar panels.

“Critigen’s user-friendly solar map provides residents with easy access to information about the potential of solar energy in our neighborhoods,” said Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker. “As part of broader livability initiatives, Salt Lake City has set a goal to facilitate at least 10 megawatts of solar installations by 2015. With tools like the solar map, we take the next steps to encourage adoption and further livability in our city,” he added.

Turning Complex Data into Powerful Visual Applications
Critigen has an extensive history of developing solar mapping technologies, including development of solar maps in San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles County, Anaheim and Portland. “Critigen’s expertise lies in its ability to manage the often voluminous, complex data sets needed in these large-scale environments; and to turn those disparate data sets into meaningful information, presented in a highly visual way,” said Jeff Akers, Critigen CEO. “Whether in a local government setting using LIDAR or assessors data to create solar maps—or in private sector environments managing large databases, Critigen is a leader in complex data integration.”

In addition to successfully managing the integration of multiple data sets, this latest solar map demonstrates Critigen’s ability to deliver leading-edge visualization technologies. The Salt Lake City map utilizes a multicolored solar layer, where blue indicates lower solar radiation and red indicates an area of higher solar radiation.

Moreover, this data is unique in its accuracy, as it is derived from a three-dimensional LIDAR model of the city, which accounts for individual trees, buildings and structures. These approaches make it simple for property owners to create highly accurate user-defined areas for solar panels in the rooftop areas with the highest solar radiation. The solar map then calculates the system size that will fit into the user-defined area, calculates the amount of electricity that will be generated, and provides information about the cost of the proposed system. If the system is not what the user expected, the property owner can redraw the area to get a different set of results. This tool offers a great deal of flexibility and convenience to those “do-it-yourself” citizens who are interested in solar.

“Every step we take to make it easier for the general public to understand the value and potential of renewable resources on their own homes brings us closer to energy security in this country,” stated Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon. “This solar map is an easy way for the public to assess what’s possible for solar energy development,” he added.

About Critigen
Critigen is a global leader in information technology consulting and IT outsourcing. We leverage spatial intelligence, business analyses, and award-winning managed services to drive positive financial results and enterprise collaboration for public and private clients. Learn more about Critigen’s services and solutions at