I'm interested to know, too. It seems like this would have a detrimental effect on a lot of plugin developers that use mapping and terrain as a basis for their products. I decided against Skelion because I find it easier/quicker to just use components to place solar modules on roofs, but I did use a number of plugins that are pretty useless now that my workflow has changed. On the other hand, I found a couple of plugins that help with my new workflow.
I would love a plugin that would explode a selected image, group, or component all the way to raw faces and edges, make it all a component, then lock it. That's it. That's ALL I want it to do (with a single keyboard shortcut).