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Solar Energy in Taos, NM

Solar Energy in Taos

The month of September has the highest historical solar radition values in Taos with an average of 6.66 kWh/m2/day. [More]

Solar Panels in Taos

Solar panels in Taos that always track the sun throughout the day will produce the maximum solar energy output. [More]

Sunrise & Sunset in Taos

The total length of the day in Taos, NM today (December 08, 2021) will be 9 hours and 46 minutes. [More]

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Taos, NM Solar Energy

Solar Power in Taos, NM

Solar Energy Data in Taos, NM

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

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


Solar Energy Analysis for Taos, NM

Solar Radiation Data in Taos

Based on historical Taos, NM data, solar panels that always track the sun throughout the day will produce the maximum solar energy output in Taos. [1]

Taos has an average monthly Global Horizontal Irradiance (GHI) of 5.31 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day), which is approximately 28% less than the average monthly Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI) of 7.36 kWh/m2/day. [1]

Solar installations in Taos that are always titled at the latitude of Taos (Average Tilt at Latitude or ATaL) average 6.32 kWh/m2/day, or about 19% greater than the average monthly GHI of 5.31 kWh/m2/day and approximately 14% less than the average monthly DNI of 7.36 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 Taos

Solar Radiation Data in Taos, NM

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

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

Solar Radiation Analysis for Taos, NM

Solar Radiation Data in Taos

Taos, NM has a average annual solar radiation value of 6.21 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day). [1]

The month with the highest historical solar radition values in Taos is September with an average of 6.66 kWh/m2/day, followed by May at 6.65 kWh/m2/day and June at 6.61 kWh/m2/day. [1]

The three months that historically average the lowest average solar radiation levels in Taos (New Mexico) are December with an average of 5.2 kWh/m2/day, followed by January with an average of 5.52 kWh/m2/day and November at 5.88 kWh/m2/day. [1]

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

Solar Power Levels in Taos

The average monthly solar radiation level in Taos, NM, of 6.21 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day) is approximately 66% greater than the average level of 3.73 kWh/m2/day in a city with historically low levels (WA) and is approximately 6% 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 Taos 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 Taos

Sunrise / Sunset in Taos

  • Sunrise/Sunset for December 08, 2021 [2]
    • Sunrise: 7:01 am
    • Sunset: 4:47 pm
    • Length of Day: 9:46
Solar Energy Statistics for Taos

Best Months for Solar in Taos

  • Top Solar Power Months Historically [1]
    • Solar Radiation September (6.66 kWh/m2/day)
    • ATaL: April (6.85 kWh/m2/day)
    • DNI: June (9.14 kWh/m2/day)
    • GHI: June (7.76 kWh/m2/day)

* See glossary & definitions above.

Solar Panel Installs in Taos

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Solar Power Output in Taos

The Power of Solar in Taos, NM

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

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

Solar Output Analysis for Taos, NM

Solar Radiation Data in Taos

Taos (NM) has a average annual solar AC output value of 7012.9 kilowatt hours (AC). [2]

The month with the highest historical solar power output in Taos is March with an average of 636.3 kWhac, followed by May at 632.51 kWhac and October at 617.59 kWhac. [2]

The three months that historically average the lowest average solar output levels in Taos (New Mexico) are December with an average of 522.65 kWhac, followed by July with an average of 539.74 kWhac and January at 551.64 kWhac. [2]

Cost of Utilities in Taos

Taos Electricity Costs

Electricity prices (residential) in Taos averaged 14.64 cents per kilowatthour (¢/kWh) in September 2021, which was about 3% more than the overall U.S. average residential electricity rate of 14.19¢/kWh in September. [3]

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Taos Natural Gas Costs

Natural gas prices (residential) in New Mexico averaged $18.69 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) in September 2021, which was approximately 8% less than the overall U.S. average residential natural gas rate of $20.22 per Mcf in September. [4]

Weather Forecast for Taos, NM [5]

Wed Dec 8
45°F
Light Snow
Min: 27°F
Max: 45°F
Moderate breeze: 17 mps W
Precip.: Chance of Snow
Humidity: 41%
Cloud cover: 95%
Thu Dec 9
40°F
Light Snow
Min: 34°F
Max: 40°F
Fresh Breeze: 18 mps WSW
Precip.: Chance of Snow
Humidity: 71%
Cloud cover: 99%
Fri Dec 10
32°F
Snow
Min: 9°F
Max: 37°F
Fresh Breeze: 22 mps W
Precip.: Chance of Snow
Humidity: 70%
Cloud cover: 93%
Sat Dec 11
31°F
Sky Is Clear
Min: 9°F
Max: 35°F
Light breeze: 7 mps W
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 42%
Cloud cover: 0%
Sun Dec 12
43°F
Sky Is Clear
Min: 20°F
Max: 45°F
Light breeze: 6 mps W
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 42%
Cloud cover: 8%
Mon Dec 13
45°F
Scattered Clouds
Min: 26°F
Max: 48°F
Light breeze: 6 mps W
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 48%
Cloud cover: 27%

More about Taos

About Taos

The town of Taos, NM in Taos County has an approximate population of 5,716. [6]

Taos Solar Power

Taos, NM Solar Energy

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

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