As the Solar sector continues to grow so does the interest of past, present and future clients regarding solar arrays and their placement on commercial buildings. One of the biggest problems we face as a company, post installation is that we have struggled to take pictures that show the full extent of the installation. This can be down to sheer size of the installation or purely because of where the building is situated. Commercial Solar rooftop installations can go on to change the outlook of a company’s energy use and genuinely make them huge savings on their bills whilst simultaneously generating income through government incentives but this change can go unnoticed by the outside world as many commercial installations aren’t visible from the ground. So the question we needed to answer was ‘how can we capture the best pictures and videos to enable clients to show off their prized asset and demonstrate their green credentials?’
The answer…… go airborne!
That’s why we are proud to announce that we have invested in our very first flying drone, a DJI Phantom 3 Professional Drone Quadcopter With 4K Video Camera. A complete 4K camera and 3-axis gimbal system come integrated with the Phantom 3 Professional edition Quadcopter from DJI. In addition to video, the camera is capable shooting up to 12MP still photos using JPEG or non-proprietary DNG RAW format. The three axes of the gimbal gives pan and tilt control and keep the horizon line level even as the aircraft banks. Different gimbal settings allow the camera to lock onto a fixed subject, be moved manually using transmitter rotaries or the app, or to simply provide camera stabilization. The Phantom 3 Flight Control System Main Controller handles the burden of processing and analysing flight data in real time. It collects data from the entire system, including motor speed, GPS location, command inputs, and data from automatic sensors, and analyses it all to tell the Phantom 3 exactly how to behave at any given moment. The Phantom 3 relies on a GPS-based navigation system to maintain flight stability and provide other features.
It has always been Custom Solar’s intention to ‘Turn Chesterfield Green’ and as we are completing another commercial installation, this time on our head office (The Dunston Innovation Centre) we thought it was time to be innovative once more and take to the skies.
Watch this space as we complete pictures and videos of clients past and present.