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Solar Energy in La Plata, MD

Solar Energy in La Plata

The month of July has the highest historical solar radition values in La Plata with an average of 5.97 kWh/m2/day. [More]

Solar Panels in La Plata

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

Sunrise & Sunset in La Plata

The total length of the day in La Plata, MD today (December 08, 2021) will be 9 hours and 33 minutes. [More]

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La Plata, MD Solar Energy

Solar Power in La Plata, MD

Solar Energy Data in La Plata, MD

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

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


Solar Energy Analysis for La Plata, MD

Solar Radiation Data in La Plata

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

La Plata has an average monthly Global Horizontal Irradiance (GHI) of 4.21 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day), which is approximately 1% less than the average monthly Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI) of 4.27 kWh/m2/day. [1]

Solar installations in La Plata that are always titled at the latitude of La Plata (Average Tilt at Latitude or ATaL) average 4.92 kWh/m2/day, or about 17% greater than the average monthly GHI of 4.21 kWh/m2/day and approximately 15% greater than the average monthly DNI of 4.27 kWh/m2/day. [1]

* See glossary & definitions below.

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 La Plata

Solar Radiation Data in La Plata, MD

See the chart below for monthly solar radiation levels in La Plata.

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

Solar Radiation Analysis for La Plata, MD

Solar Radiation Data in La Plata

La Plata, MD has a average annual solar radiation value of 5.11 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day). [1]

The month with the highest historical solar radition values in La Plata is July with an average of 5.97 kWh/m2/day, followed by June at 5.86 kWh/m2/day and May at 5.62 kWh/m2/day. [1]

The three months that historically average the lowest average solar radiation levels in La Plata (Maryland) are December with an average of 3.78 kWh/m2/day, followed by January with an average of 4.23 kWh/m2/day and November at 4.38 kWh/m2/day. [1]

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Solar Power Comparison: La Plata vs. the U.S.

Solar Power Levels in La Plata

The average monthly solar radiation level in La Plata, MD, of 5.11 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day) is approximately 37% greater than the average level of 3.73 kWh/m2/day in a city with historically low levels (WA) and is approximately 23% 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: vs. the U.S.

Below is a month-by-month comparison of how average La Plata 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 La Plata

Sunrise / Sunset in La Plata

  • Sunrise/Sunset for December 08, 2021 [2]
    • Sunrise: 7:13 am
    • Sunset: 4:46 pm
    • Length of Day: 9:33
Solar Energy Statistics for La Plata

Best Months for Solar in La Plata

  • Top Solar Power Months Historically [1]
    • Solar Radiation July (5.97 kWh/m2/day)
    • ATaL: July (5.67 kWh/m2/day)
    • DNI: June (4.83 kWh/m2/day)
    • GHI: June (6.18 kWh/m2/day)

* See glossary & definitions above.

Solar Panel Installs in La Plata

We do not currently have data on solar panel installations in the town of La Plata, MD at this current time.

Solar Power Output in La Plata

The Power of Solar in La Plata, MD

Monthly AC solar system output averages for La Plata (md). Month-by-month solar power, as ranked by AC output, in La Plata. [2]

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

Solar Output Analysis for La Plata, MD

Solar Radiation Data in La Plata

La Plata (MD) has a average annual solar AC output value of 5650.5 kilowatt hours (AC). [2]

The month with the highest historical solar power output in La Plata is July with an average of 535.48 kWhac, followed by May at 523.39 kWhac and April at 513.75 kWhac. [2]

The three months that historically average the lowest average solar output levels in La Plata (Maryland) are December with an average of 374.79 kWhac, followed by November with an average of 407.48 kWhac and January at 420.48 kWhac. [2]

Cost of Utilities in La Plata

La Plata Electricity Costs

Electricity prices (residential) in La Plata averaged 13.30 cents per kilowatthour (¢/kWh) in September 2021, which was about 6% less than the overall U.S. average residential electricity rate of 14.19¢/kWh in September. [3]

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La Plata Natural Gas Costs

Natural gas prices (residential) in Maryland averaged $23.57 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) in August 2021, which was approximately 17% more than the overall U.S. average residential natural gas rate of $20.22 per Mcf in August. [4]

Weather Forecast for La Plata, MD [5]

Wed Dec 8
40°F
Light Snow
Min: 33°F
Max: 41°F
Gentle Breeze: 9 mps NW
Precip.: Chance of Snow
Humidity: 71%
Cloud cover: 96%
Thu Dec 9
40°F
Overcast Clouds
Min: 27°F
Max: 40°F
Gentle Breeze: 9 mps S
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 46%
Cloud cover: 92%
Fri Dec 10
56°F
Light Rain
Min: 35°F
Max: 56°F
Gentle Breeze: 9 mps S
Precip.: Chance of Rain
Humidity: 53%
Cloud cover: 86%
Sat Dec 11
69°F
Light Rain
Min: 45°F
Max: 69°F
Fresh Breeze: 18 mps SW
Precip.: Chance of Rain
Humidity: 72%
Cloud cover: 100%
Sun Dec 12
49°F
Sky Is Clear
Min: 37°F
Max: 49°F
Moderate breeze: 13 mps NW
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 29%
Cloud cover: 2%
Mon Dec 13
53°F
Few Clouds
Min: 33°F
Max: 53°F
Gentle Breeze: 7 mps SW
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 31%
Cloud cover: 14%

More about La Plata

About La Plata

The town of La Plata, MD in Charles County has an approximate population of 8,753. [6]

La Plata Solar Power

La Plata, MD Solar Energy

To learn more about solar energy and solar power La Plata, MD, or for more solar-related resources for La Plata, visit the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Did you know?

Nineteen-year-old Edmund Becquerel, a French experimental physicist, discovered the basis of solar energy in 1839.

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