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Solar Energy in San Carlos, CA

Solar Energy in San Carlos

The month of August has the highest historical solar radition values in San Carlos with an average of 7.23 kWh/m2/day. [More]

Solar Panels in San Carlos

Solar panels in San Carlos that are tilted towards the equator at an angle equal to the latitude will produce the maximum solar energy output. [More]

Sunrise & Sunset in San Carlos

The total length of the day in San Carlos, CA today (January 27, 2022) will be 10 hours and 12 minutes. [More]

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San Carlos, CA Solar Energy

Solar Power in San Carlos, CA

Solar Energy Data in San Carlos, CA

See the chart below to see how different types of solar panel installations compare in San Carlos.

* Amounts listed in kWh/m2/day (kilowatt hours per square meter per day).
* See glossary & definitions below.


Solar Energy Analysis for San Carlos, CA

Solar Radiation Data in San Carlos

Based on historical San Carlos, CA data, solar panels that are tilted towards the equator at an angle equal to the latitude will produce the maximum solar energy output in San Carlos. [1]

San Carlos has an average monthly Global Horizontal Irradiance (GHI) of 4.93 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day), which is approximately 4% less than the average monthly Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI) of 5.14 kWh/m2/day. [1]

Solar installations in San Carlos that are always titled at the latitude of San Carlos (Average Tilt at Latitude or ATaL) average 5.6 kWh/m2/day, or about 14% greater than the average monthly GHI of 4.93 kWh/m2/day and approximately 9% greater than the average monthly DNI of 5.14 kWh/m2/day. [1]

Solar Energy Glossary

Global Horizontal Irradiance (GHI)

Global Horizontal Irradiance: The total amount of solar radiation that is received per unit area by a surface that is always positioned in a horizontal manner.

Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI)

Direct Normal Irradiance: The total amount of solar radiation received per unit area by a surface that is always perpendicular to the sun rays that come in a straight line from the direction of the sun at its current position in the sky.

Average Tilt at Latitude (ATaL)

Average Tilt at Latitude: The total amount of solar radiation received per unit area by a surface that is tilted toward the equator at an angle equal to the current latitude. ATaL will often produce the optimum energy output.

Solar Radiation Levels in San Carlos

Solar Radiation Data in San Carlos, CA

See the chart below for monthly solar radiation levels in San Carlos.

* Amounts listed in kWh/m2/day (kilowatt hours per square meter per day)

Solar Radiation Analysis for San Carlos, CA

Solar Radiation Data in San Carlos

San Carlos, CA has a average annual solar radiation value of 5.9 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day). [1]

The month with the highest historical solar radition values in San Carlos is August with an average of 7.23 kWh/m2/day, followed by July at 7.09 kWh/m2/day and September at 6.97 kWh/m2/day. [1]

The three months that historically average the lowest average solar radiation levels in San Carlos (California) are January with an average of 3.96 kWh/m2/day, followed by December with an average of 4 kWh/m2/day and February at 4.39 kWh/m2/day. [1]

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Solar Power Comparison: San Carlos vs. the U.S.

Solar Power Levels in San Carlos

The average monthly solar radiation level in San Carlos, CA, of 5.9 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day) is approximately 58% greater than the average level of 3.73 kWh/m2/day in a city with historically low levels (WA) and is approximately 11% less than the average level of 6.6 kWh/m2/day in a city with historically high levels (NV). [1]


→ Values listed as 0 (zero) are not available (N/A).

Solar Power: San Carlos vs. the U.S.

Below is a month-by-month comparison of how average San Carlos solar radiation levels compare to average levels in a city with historcially high levels (NV) and a city with historically low levels (WA). [1]

→ k/m/d = kWh/m2/day = kilowatt hours per square meter per day.
→ Values listed as 0 (zero) are not available (N/A).

Solar Data & Statistics for San Carlos

Sunrise / Sunset in San Carlos

  • Sunrise/Sunset for January 27, 2022 [2]
    • Sunrise: 7:15 am
    • Sunset: 5:27 pm
    • Length of Day: 10:12
Solar Energy Statistics for San Carlos

Best Months for Solar in San Carlos

  • Top Solar Power Months Historically [1]
    • Solar Radiation August (7.23 kWh/m2/day)
    • ATaL: July (7.1 kWh/m2/day)
    • DNI: July (7.26 kWh/m2/day)
    • GHI: June (7.68 kWh/m2/day)

* See glossary & definitions above.

Solar Panel Installs in San Carlos

We do not currently have data on solar panel installations in the city of San Carlos, CA at this current time.

Solar Power Output in San Carlos

The Power of Solar in San Carlos, CA

Monthly AC solar system output averages for San Carlos (ca). Month-by-month solar power, as ranked by AC output, in San Carlos. [2]

* Amounts listed in kWhac (kilowatt hours (AC))

Solar Output Analysis for San Carlos, CA

Solar Radiation Data in San Carlos

San Carlos (CA) has a average annual solar AC output value of 6715.52 kilowatt hours (AC). [2]

The month with the highest historical solar power output in San Carlos is August with an average of 682.45 kWhac, followed by July at 677.82 kWhac and June at 644.13 kWhac. [2]

The three months that historically average the lowest average solar output levels in San Carlos (California) are February with an average of 387.89 kWhac, followed by January with an average of 389.56 kWhac and December at 398.05 kWhac. [2]

Cost of Utilities in San Carlos

San Carlos Electricity Costs

Electricity prices (residential) in San Carlos averaged 22.00 cents per kilowatthour (¢/kWh) in October 2021, which was about 56% more than the overall U.S. average residential electricity rate of 14.11¢/kWh in October. [3]

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San Carlos Natural Gas Costs

Natural gas prices (residential) in California averaged $18.49 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) in October 2021, which was approximately 6% more than the overall U.S. average residential natural gas rate of $17.48 per Mcf in October. [4]

Weather Forecast for San Carlos, CA [5]

Thu Jan 27
58°F
Sky Is Clear
Min: 47°F
Max: 59°F
Light breeze: 3 mps E
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 43%
Cloud cover: 0%
Fri Jan 28
58°F
Overcast Clouds
Min: 49°F
Max: 60°F
Light breeze: 4 mps E
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 49%
Cloud cover: 100%
Sat Jan 29
58°F
Broken Clouds
Min: 51°F
Max: 58°F
Light breeze: 6 mps NNW
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 40%
Cloud cover: 65%
Sun Jan 30
57°F
Scattered Clouds
Min: 47°F
Max: 57°F
Light breeze: 4 mps NW
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 50%
Cloud cover: 28%
Mon Jan 31
56°F
Few Clouds
Min: 47°F
Max: 57°F
Gentle Breeze: 7 mps NNW
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 61%
Cloud cover: 20%
Tue Feb 1
56°F
Sky Is Clear
Min: 47°F
Max: 56°F
Fresh Breeze: 18 mps N
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 31%
Cloud cover: 0%

More about San Carlos

About San Carlos

The city of San Carlos, CA in San Mateo County has an approximate population of 28,406. [6]

San Carlos Solar Power

San Carlos, CA Solar Energy

To learn more about solar energy and solar power San Carlos, CA, or for more solar-related resources for San Carlos, visit the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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