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Solar Energy in San Jose, CA

Solar Energy in San Jose

The month of August has the highest historical solar radition values in San Jose with an average of 7.29 kWh/m2/day. [More]

Solar Panels in San Jose

Solar panels in San Jose 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 Jose

The total length of the day in San Jose, CA today (February 29, 2024) will be 11 hours and 23 minutes. [More]

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San Jose, CA Solar Energy

Solar Power in San Jose, CA

Solar Energy Data in San Jose, CA

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

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


Solar Energy Analysis for San Jose, CA

Solar Radiation Data in San Jose

Based on historical San Jose, 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 Jose. [1]

San Jose has an average monthly Global Horizontal Irradiance (GHI) of 5.12 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day), which is approximately 12% less than the average monthly Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI) of 5.83 kWh/m2/day. [1]

Solar installations in San Jose that are always titled at the latitude of San Jose (Average Tilt at Latitude or ATaL) average 5.86 kWh/m2/day, or about 14% greater than the average monthly GHI of 5.12 kWh/m2/day and approximately 1% greater than the average monthly DNI of 5.83 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 Jose

Solar Radiation Data in San Jose, CA

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

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

Solar Radiation Analysis for San Jose, CA

Solar Radiation Data in San Jose

San Jose, CA has a average annual solar radiation value of 5.96 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day). [1]

The month with the highest historical solar radition values in San Jose is August with an average of 7.29 kWh/m2/day, followed by July at 7.23 kWh/m2/day and September at 7.04 kWh/m2/day. [1]

The three months that historically average the lowest average solar radiation levels in San Jose (California) are December with an average of 4.17 kWh/m2/day, followed by January with an average of 4.2 kWh/m2/day and February at 4.63 kWh/m2/day. [1]

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

Solar Power Levels in San Jose

The average monthly solar radiation level in San Jose, CA, of 5.96 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day) is approximately 52% greater than the average level of 3.93 kWh/m2/day in a city with historically low levels (WA) and is approximately 10% less than the average level of 6.61 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 Jose vs. the U.S.

Below is a month-by-month comparison of how average San Jose 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 Jose

Sunrise / Sunset in San Jose

  • Sunrise/Sunset for February 29, 2024 [2]
    • Sunrise: 6:38 am
    • Sunset: 6:01 pm
    • Length of Day: 11:23
Solar Energy Statistics for San Jose

Best Months for Solar in San Jose

  • Top Solar Power Months Historically [1]
    • Solar Radiation August (7.29 kWh/m2/day)
    • ATaL: July (7.3 kWh/m2/day)
    • DNI: July (8.36 kWh/m2/day)
    • GHI: June (7.95 kWh/m2/day)

* See glossary & definitions above.

Solar Panel Installs in San Jose

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Solar Power Output in San Jose

The Power of Solar in San Jose, CA

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

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

Solar Output Analysis for San Jose, CA

Solar Radiation Data in San Jose

San Jose (CA) has a average annual solar AC output value of 6653.93 kilowatt hours (AC). [2]

The month with the highest historical solar power output in San Jose is July with an average of 673.86 kWhac, followed by August at 671.38 kWhac and May at 622.43 kWhac. [2]

The three months that historically average the lowest average solar output levels in San Jose (California) are December with an average of 405.25 kWhac, followed by February with an average of 410.45 kWhac and January at 411.25 kWhac. [2]

Cost of Utilities in San Jose

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Weather Forecast for San Jose, CA [5]

Thu Feb 29
54°F
Light Rain
Min: 48°F
Max: 55°F
Gentle Breeze: 10 mps SSW
Precip.: Chance of Rain
Humidity: 90%
Cloud cover: 100%
Fri Mar 1
52°F
Moderate Rain
Min: 47°F
Max: 54°F
Moderate breeze: 17 mps SW
Precip.: Chance of Rain
Humidity: 85%
Cloud cover: 100%
Sat Mar 2
46°F
Moderate Rain
Min: 44°F
Max: 50°F
Moderate breeze: 16 mps WSW
Precip.: Chance of Rain
Humidity: 92%
Cloud cover: 99%
Sun Mar 3
52°F
Light Rain
Min: 42°F
Max: 52°F
Gentle Breeze: 10 mps WSW
Precip.: Chance of Rain
Humidity: 65%
Cloud cover: 87%
Mon Mar 4
53°F
Light Rain
Min: 38°F
Max: 53°F
Gentle Breeze: 8 mps NW
Precip.: Chance of Rain
Humidity: 42%
Cloud cover: 2%
Tue Mar 5
55°F
Overcast Clouds
Min: 41°F
Max: 55°F
Calm: 4 mps NNW
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 44%
Cloud cover: 98%

More about San Jose

About San Jose

The city of San Jose, CA in Santa Clara County has an approximate population of 945,942. [6]

San Jose Solar Power

San Jose, CA Solar Energy

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

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