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Solar Energy in Boston, MA

Solar Energy in Boston

The month of July has the highest historical solar radition values in Boston with an average of 6.01 kWh/m2/day. [More]

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 (May 23, 2022) will be 14 hours and 51 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]

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

Boston, MA has a average annual solar radiation value of 4.91 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day). [1]

The month with the highest historical solar radition values in Boston is July with an average of 6.01 kWh/m2/day, followed by August at 5.77 kWh/m2/day and June at 5.64 kWh/m2/day. [1]

The three months that historically average the lowest average solar radiation levels in Boston (Massachusetts) are December with an average of 3.28 kWh/m2/day, followed by November with an average of 3.57 kWh/m2/day and January at 3.92 kWh/m2/day. [1]

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

Solar Power Levels in Boston

The average monthly solar radiation level in Boston, MA, of 4.91 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day) is approximately 25% greater than the average level of 3.93 kWh/m2/day in a city with historically low levels (WA) and is approximately 26% 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: Boston 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 May 23, 2022 [2]
    • Sunrise: 4:15 am
    • Sunset: 7:06 pm
    • Length of Day: 14:51
Solar Energy Statistics for Boston

Best Months for Solar in Boston

  • Top Solar Power Months Historically [1]
    • Solar Radiation July (6.01 kWh/m2/day)
    • 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

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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

Boston (MA) has a average annual solar AC output value of 5471.15 kilowatt hours (AC). [2]

The month with the highest historical solar power output in Boston is July with an average of 544.88 kWhac, followed by August at 521.7 kWhac and May at 516.98 kWhac. [2]

The three months that historically average the lowest average solar output levels in Boston (Massachusetts) are December with an average of 327.65 kWhac, followed by November with an average of 338.07 kWhac and January at 393.74 kWhac. [2]

Cost of Utilities in Boston

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Weather Forecast for Boston, MA [5]

Mon May 23
69°F
Overcast Clouds
Min: 57°F
Max: 72°F
Gentle Breeze: 11 mps NW
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 47%
Cloud cover: 99%
Tue May 24
63°F
Broken Clouds
Min: 52°F
Max: 63°F
Gentle Breeze: 9 mps ENE
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 42%
Cloud cover: 78%
Wed May 25
67°F
Overcast Clouds
Min: 51°F
Max: 71°F
Gentle Breeze: 9 mps SSW
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 45%
Cloud cover: 91%
Thu May 26
68°F
Overcast Clouds
Min: 52°F
Max: 71°F
Moderate breeze: 15 mps SSW
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 43%
Cloud cover: 100%
Fri May 27
77°F
Light Rain
Min: 63°F
Max: 82°F
Moderate breeze: 13 mps WSW
Precip.: Chance of Rain
Humidity: 59%
Cloud cover: 81%
Sat May 28
73°F
Moderate Rain
Min: 55°F
Max: 75°F
Gentle Breeze: 10 mps SW
Precip.: Chance of Rain
Humidity: 74%
Cloud cover: 100%

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?

The solar energy that strikes the Earth in one hour could provide all of the Earth's energy needs for a complete year.

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