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Solar Energy in Boston, MA

Solar Energy in Boston

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Solar Panels in Boston

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

Sunrise & Sunset in Boston

The total length of the day in Boston, MA today (September 19, 2020) will be 12 hours and 15 minutes. [More]

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Boston, MA Solar Energy

Solar Power in Boston, MA

Solar Energy Data in Boston, MA

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

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


Solar Energy Analysis for Boston, MA

Solar Radiation Data in Boston

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

Boston has an average monthly Global Horizontal Irradiance (GHI) of 3.84 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day), which is approximately 1% greater than the average monthly Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI) of 3.79 kWh/m2/day. [1]

Solar installations in Boston that are always titled at the latitude of Boston (Average Tilt at Latitude or ATaL) average 4.57 kWh/m2/day, or about 19% greater than the average monthly GHI of 3.84 kWh/m2/day and approximately 21% greater than the average monthly DNI of 3.79 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 Boston

Solar Radiation Data in Boston, MA

See the chart below for monthly solar radiation levels in Boston.

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

Solar Radiation Analysis for Boston, MA

Solar Radiation Data in Boston

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Solar Power Comparison: Boston vs. the U.S.

Solar Power Levels in Boston

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Solar Power: vs. the U.S.

Below is a month-by-month comparison of how average Boston 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 Boston

Sunrise / Sunset in Boston

  • Sunrise/Sunset for September 19, 2020 [2]
    • Sunrise: 10:29 am
    • Sunset: 10:45 pm
    • Solar Noon: 4:37 pm
    • Length of Day: 12:15
Solar Energy Statistics for Boston

Best Months for Solar in Boston

  • Top Solar Power Months Historically [1]
    • Solar Radiation n/a
    • ATaL: July (5.49 kWh/m2/day)
    • DNI: August (4.52 kWh/m2/day)
    • GHI: July (5.86 kWh/m2/day)

* See glossary & definitions above.

Solar Panel Installs in Boston

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

However, Boston is in Suffolk County and Suffolk County has at least 0 solar insallations right now. [1]

Solar Power Output in Boston

The Power of Solar in Boston, MA

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

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

Solar Output Analysis for Boston, MA

Solar Radiation Data in Boston

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Historical solar radiation data for Boston is not currently available.

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Cost of Utilities in Boston

Boston Electricity Costs

Electricity prices (residential) in Boston averaged 21.01 cents per kilowatthour (¢/kWh) in June 2020, which was about 58% more than the overall U.S. average residential electricity rate of 13.28¢/kWh in June. [3]

Solar Power Poll: Boston

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Boston Natural Gas Costs

Natural gas prices (residential) in Massachusetts averaged $13.30 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) in June 2020, which was approximately 13% less than the overall U.S. average residential natural gas rate of $15.37 per Mcf in June. [4]

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Weather Forecast for Boston, MA [5]

Sat Sep 19
56°F
Sky Is Clear
Min: 46°F
Max: 60°F
Gentle Breeze: 9 mps NNE
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 37%
Cloud cover: 0%
Sun Sep 20
54°F
Sky Is Clear
Min: 47°F
Max: 57°F
Gentle Breeze: 11 mps NNE
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 42%
Cloud cover: 2%
Mon Sep 21
57°F
Sky Is Clear
Min: 47°F
Max: 59°F
Gentle Breeze: 10 mps NE
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 44%
Cloud cover: 0%
Tue Sep 22
59°F
Overcast Clouds
Min: 49°F
Max: 67°F
Gentle Breeze: 11 mps N
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 34%
Cloud cover: 100%
Wed Sep 23
73°F
Sky Is Clear
Min: 60°F
Max: 79°F
Gentle Breeze: 10 mps WNW
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 48%
Cloud cover: 0%
Thu Sep 24
73°F
Sky Is Clear
Min: 61°F
Max: 79°F
Light breeze: 5 mps WNW
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 44%
Cloud cover: 0%

More about Boston

About Boston

The city of Boston, MA in Suffolk County has an approximate population of 617,594. [6]

Boston Solar Power

Boston, MA Solar Energy

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

Did you know?

It takes light about 8 minutes, 19 seconds to travel the 93,000,000 miles from the sun's surface to us on Earth.

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