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Solar Energy in Cambridge, MA

Solar Energy in Cambridge

The month of July has the highest historical solar radition values in Cambridge with an average of 6.02 kWh/m2/day. [More]

Solar Panels in Cambridge

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

Sunrise & Sunset in Cambridge

The total length of the day in Cambridge, MA today (May 23, 2022) will be 14 hours and 51 minutes. [More]

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Cambridge, MA Solar Energy

Solar Power in Cambridge, MA

Solar Energy Data in Cambridge, MA

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

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


Solar Energy Analysis for Cambridge, MA

Solar Radiation Data in Cambridge

Based on historical Cambridge, 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 Cambridge. [1]

Cambridge has an average monthly Global Horizontal Irradiance (GHI) of 3.8 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day), which is approximately 3% greater than the average monthly Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI) of 3.69 kWh/m2/day. [1]

Solar installations in Cambridge that are always titled at the latitude of Cambridge (Average Tilt at Latitude or ATaL) average 4.49 kWh/m2/day, or about 18% greater than the average monthly GHI of 3.8 kWh/m2/day and approximately 22% greater than the average monthly DNI of 3.69 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 Cambridge

Solar Radiation Data in Cambridge, MA

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

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

Solar Radiation Analysis for Cambridge, MA

Solar Radiation Data in Cambridge

Cambridge, MA has a average annual solar radiation value of 4.88 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day). [1]

The month with the highest historical solar radition values in Cambridge is July with an average of 6.02 kWh/m2/day, followed by August at 5.79 kWh/m2/day and June at 5.55 kWh/m2/day. [1]

The three months that historically average the lowest average solar radiation levels in Cambridge (Massachusetts) are December with an average of 3.32 kWh/m2/day, followed by November with an average of 3.61 kWh/m2/day and January at 3.87 kWh/m2/day. [1]

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

Solar Power Levels in Cambridge

The average monthly solar radiation level in Cambridge, MA, of 4.88 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day) is approximately 24% 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: Cambridge vs. the U.S.

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

Sunrise / Sunset in Cambridge

  • Sunrise/Sunset for May 23, 2022 [2]
    • Sunrise: 4:15 am
    • Sunset: 7:06 pm
    • Length of Day: 14:51
Solar Energy Statistics for Cambridge

Best Months for Solar in Cambridge

  • Top Solar Power Months Historically [1]
    • Solar Radiation July (6.02 kWh/m2/day)
    • ATaL: July (5.46 kWh/m2/day)
    • DNI: July (4.5 kWh/m2/day)
    • GHI: July (5.84 kWh/m2/day)

* See glossary & definitions above.

Solar Panel Installs in Cambridge

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Solar Power Output in Cambridge

The Power of Solar in Cambridge, MA

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

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

Solar Output Analysis for Cambridge, MA

Solar Radiation Data in Cambridge

Cambridge (MA) has a average annual solar AC output value of 5426.3 kilowatt hours (AC). [2]

The month with the highest historical solar power output in Cambridge is July with an average of 544.51 kWhac, followed by August at 523.74 kWhac and April at 495.96 kWhac. [2]

The three months that historically average the lowest average solar output levels in Cambridge (Massachusetts) are December with an average of 331.36 kWhac, followed by November with an average of 341.34 kWhac and January at 392.38 kWhac. [2]

Cost of Utilities in Cambridge

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Weather Forecast for Cambridge, MA [5]

Mon May 23
70°F
Broken Clouds
Min: 57°F
Max: 71°F
Gentle Breeze: 11 mps NW
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 50%
Cloud cover: 80%
Tue May 24
64°F
Broken Clouds
Min: 52°F
Max: 64°F
Gentle Breeze: 9 mps E
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 41%
Cloud cover: 77%
Wed May 25
68°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
69°F
Overcast Clouds
Min: 51°F
Max: 72°F
Moderate breeze: 15 mps SSW
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 43%
Cloud cover: 100%
Fri May 27
78°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
74°F
Moderate Rain
Min: 55°F
Max: 76°F
Gentle Breeze: 9 mps SW
Precip.: Chance of Rain
Humidity: 73%
Cloud cover: 100%

More about Cambridge

About Cambridge

The city of Cambridge, MA in Middlesex County has an approximate population of 105,162. [6]

Cambridge Solar Power

Cambridge, MA Solar Energy

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

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