Finding a source that can install solar panels onto your rooftop is just about to get easier. Lowe’s and solar-based leasing firm Sungevity have cut a deal to help consumers decide if solar is a good fit for them. Sungevity will be setting up kiosks in 30 California Lowe’s stores where customers can access Sungevity’s iQuote estimation system. iQuote is a web-based application that allows homeowners to simply enter their address and receive a firm installation estimate within 24 hours, eliminating the expense of an on-site visit. The system combines aerial and satellite image analysis with research by Sungevity engineers at the company’s Oakland headquarters to assess the geometry of a home’s rooftop, its disposition to the sun at different times of day and year and any potential occlusions presented by nearby vegetation or built objects. In addition to an installation estimate, customers can also get a visual rendering of their home with solar panels installed. And if interested parties provide information on typical power usage, such as an account number or past electric bills, the iQuote system can estimate potential savings expected from using the equipment. If the initial set up in 30 stores is successful, Lowe’s plans on rolling it out to all of their retail outlets. Now we just need to find a retailer willing to do this for geothermal and wind turbine installations.