Written by: Bryan Holt, Principal Southpace Properties & RBN Executive Committee President Elect

I can remember a time before Google Earth when we had to physically go to the office of the local aerial photographer and flip through his file cabinets to find the aerial photo we needed. You were lucky if he had the photo you wanted, and when he did, it was likely going to be several years old and seemingly never centered on your subject property. Occasionally, we paid him $1,500 to fly sites for us. More times than I would like to admit, I would realize I failed to take pictures and then had to drive four hours back to the panhandle of Florida just to get a street level photo of a prospective site for the REC package. Now, with Google Earth and all the partner integrations, it’s possible to get full REC approval of a project without leaving your office (I don’t recommend doing deals without visiting the site!). Our business was completely revolutionized by Google Earth.

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