New York is fairly forward-thinking when it comes to energy innovation, but it's pretty terrible when it comes to solar. City College of New York wants to change that, so they created an interactive solar map of the city using laser airplanes.
The planes used LiDar to map the city last spring, creating the most detailed 3D image of New York to date. The data focuses on the layout of the city—how sunlight washes over its various nooks and crannies—to determine which areas and buildings are best or at all suited for solar panel installation. The data will also be used to hash out other plans that depend on the city's layout, such as flood planning.