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Solar Energy in New Orleans, LA

Solar Energy in New Orleans

The month of October has the highest historical solar radition values in New Orleans with an average of 5.99 kWh/m2/day. [More]

Solar Panels in New Orleans

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

Sunrise & Sunset in New Orleans

The total length of the day in New Orleans, LA today (January 24, 2022) will be 10 hours and 36 minutes. [More]

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New Orleans, LA Solar Energy

Solar Power in New Orleans, LA

Solar Energy Data in New Orleans, LA

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

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


Solar Energy Analysis for New Orleans, LA

Solar Radiation Data in New Orleans

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

New Orleans has an average monthly Global Horizontal Irradiance (GHI) of 4.64 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day), which is approximately 7% greater than the average monthly Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI) of 4.32 kWh/m2/day. [1]

Solar installations in New Orleans that are always titled at the latitude of New Orleans (Average Tilt at Latitude or ATaL) average 5.12 kWh/m2/day, or about 10% greater than the average monthly GHI of 4.64 kWh/m2/day and approximately 19% greater than the average monthly DNI of 4.32 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 New Orleans

Solar Radiation Data in New Orleans, LA

See the chart below for monthly solar radiation levels in New Orleans.

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

Solar Radiation Analysis for New Orleans, LA

Solar Radiation Data in New Orleans

New Orleans, LA has a average annual solar radiation value of 5.38 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day). [1]

The month with the highest historical solar radition values in New Orleans is October with an average of 5.99 kWh/m2/day, followed by April at 5.83 kWh/m2/day and May at 5.72 kWh/m2/day. [1]

The three months that historically average the lowest average solar radiation levels in New Orleans (Louisiana) are December with an average of 4.57 kWh/m2/day, followed by January with an average of 4.78 kWh/m2/day and February at 5.14 kWh/m2/day. [1]

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Solar Power Comparison: New Orleans vs. the U.S.

Solar Power Levels in New Orleans

The average monthly solar radiation level in New Orleans, LA, of 5.38 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day) is approximately 44% greater than the average level of 3.73 kWh/m2/day in a city with historically low levels (WA) and is approximately 18% 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: New Orleans vs. the U.S.

Below is a month-by-month comparison of how average New Orleans 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 New Orleans

Sunrise / Sunset in New Orleans

  • Sunrise/Sunset for January 24, 2022 [2]
    • Sunrise: 6:54 am
    • Sunset: 5:30 pm
    • Length of Day: 10:36
Solar Energy Statistics for New Orleans

Best Months for Solar in New Orleans

  • Top Solar Power Months Historically [1]
    • Solar Radiation October (5.99 kWh/m2/day)
    • ATaL: April (5.98 kWh/m2/day)
    • DNI: April (5.17 kWh/m2/day)
    • GHI: May (6.33 kWh/m2/day)

* See glossary & definitions above.

Solar Panel Installs in New Orleans

We do not currently have data on solar panel installations in the city of New Orleans, LA at this current time.

Solar Power Output in New Orleans

The Power of Solar in New Orleans, LA

Monthly AC solar system output averages for New Orleans (la). Month-by-month solar power, as ranked by AC output, in New Orleans. [2]

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

Solar Output Analysis for New Orleans, LA

Solar Radiation Data in New Orleans

New Orleans (LA) has a average annual solar AC output value of 5965.88 kilowatt hours (AC). [2]

The month with the highest historical solar power output in New Orleans is October with an average of 560.31 kWhac, followed by April at 538.84 kWhac and March at 529.35 kWhac. [2]

The three months that historically average the lowest average solar output levels in New Orleans (Louisiana) are December with an average of 442.95 kWhac, followed by February with an average of 453.11 kWhac and June at 466.4 kWhac. [2]

Cost of Utilities in New Orleans

New Orleans Electricity Costs

Electricity prices (residential) in New Orleans averaged 11.70 cents per kilowatthour (¢/kWh) in October 2021, which was about 17% less than the overall U.S. average residential electricity rate of 14.11¢/kWh in October. [3]

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New Orleans Natural Gas Costs

Natural gas prices (residential) in Louisiana averaged $18.63 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) in October 2021, which was approximately 7% more than the overall U.S. average residential natural gas rate of $17.48 per Mcf in October. [4]

Weather Forecast for New Orleans, LA [5]

Mon Jan 24
55°F
Moderate Rain
Min: 44°F
Max: 57°F
Gentle Breeze: 7 mps ESE
Precip.: Chance of Rain
Humidity: 51%
Cloud cover: 100%
Tue Jan 25
52°F
Moderate Rain
Min: 49°F
Max: 53°F
Moderate breeze: 15 mps NE
Precip.: Chance of Rain
Humidity: 87%
Cloud cover: 100%
Wed Jan 26
51°F
Sky Is Clear
Min: 44°F
Max: 55°F
Moderate breeze: 14 mps NNE
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 59%
Cloud cover: 7%
Thu Jan 27
54°F
Overcast Clouds
Min: 44°F
Max: 56°F
Gentle Breeze: 9 mps ENE
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 57%
Cloud cover: 99%
Fri Jan 28
48°F
Light Rain
Min: 46°F
Max: 51°F
Moderate breeze: 16 mps N
Precip.: Chance of Rain
Humidity: 68%
Cloud cover: 99%
Sat Jan 29
46°F
Sky Is Clear
Min: 37°F
Max: 50°F
Moderate breeze: 12 mps N
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 40%
Cloud cover: 0%

More about New Orleans

About New Orleans

The city of New Orleans, LA in Orleans County has an approximate population of 343,829. [6]

New Orleans Solar Power

New Orleans, LA Solar Energy

To learn more about solar energy and solar power New Orleans, LA, or for more solar-related resources for New Orleans, visit the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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Solar cells convert sunlight into electricity through a physical process known as the photovoltaic effect.

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