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Solar Energy in Vancouver, WA

Solar Energy in Vancouver

The month of July has the highest historical solar radition values in Vancouver with an average of 6.46 kWh/m2/day. [More]

Solar Panels in Vancouver

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

Sunrise & Sunset in Vancouver

The total length of the day in Vancouver, WA today (January 25, 2022) will be 9 hours and 27 minutes. [More]

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Vancouver, WA Solar Energy

Solar Power in Vancouver, WA

Solar Energy Data in Vancouver, WA

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

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


Solar Energy Analysis for Vancouver, WA

Solar Radiation Data in Vancouver

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

Vancouver has an average monthly Global Horizontal Irradiance (GHI) of 3.55 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day), which is approximately 5% greater than the average monthly Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI) of 3.38 kWh/m2/day. [1]

Solar installations in Vancouver that are always titled at the latitude of Vancouver (Average Tilt at Latitude or ATaL) average 4.05 kWh/m2/day, or about 14% greater than the average monthly GHI of 3.55 kWh/m2/day and approximately 20% greater than the average monthly DNI of 3.38 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 Vancouver

Solar Radiation Data in Vancouver, WA

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

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

Solar Radiation Analysis for Vancouver, WA

Solar Radiation Data in Vancouver

Vancouver, WA has a average annual solar radiation value of 4.09 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day). [1]

The month with the highest historical solar radition values in Vancouver is July with an average of 6.46 kWh/m2/day, followed by August at 6.21 kWh/m2/day and September at 5.59 kWh/m2/day. [1]

The three months that historically average the lowest average solar radiation levels in Vancouver (Washington) are December with an average of 1.65 kWh/m2/day, followed by November with an average of 1.96 kWh/m2/day and January at 2.09 kWh/m2/day. [1]

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

Solar Power Levels in Vancouver

The average monthly solar radiation level in Vancouver, WA, of 4.09 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day) is approximately 10% greater than the average level of 3.73 kWh/m2/day in a city with historically low levels (WA) and is approximately 38% 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: Vancouver vs. the U.S.

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

Sunrise / Sunset in Vancouver

  • Sunrise/Sunset for January 25, 2022 [2]
    • Sunrise: 7:39 am
    • Sunset: 5:06 pm
    • Length of Day: 9:27
Solar Energy Statistics for Vancouver

Best Months for Solar in Vancouver

  • Top Solar Power Months Historically [1]
    • Solar Radiation July (6.46 kWh/m2/day)
    • ATaL: July (6.12 kWh/m2/day)
    • DNI: July (6.16 kWh/m2/day)
    • GHI: July (6.5 kWh/m2/day)

* See glossary & definitions above.

Solar Panel Installs in Vancouver

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

Solar Power Output in Vancouver

The Power of Solar in Vancouver, WA

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

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

Solar Output Analysis for Vancouver, WA

Solar Radiation Data in Vancouver

Vancouver (WA) has a average annual solar AC output value of 4551.47 kilowatt hours (AC). [2]

The month with the highest historical solar power output in Vancouver is July with an average of 590.14 kWhac, followed by August at 562.97 kWhac and May at 496.1 kWhac. [2]

The three months that historically average the lowest average solar output levels in Vancouver (Washington) are December with an average of 166.87 kWhac, followed by November with an average of 188.34 kWhac and January at 209.77 kWhac. [2]

Cost of Utilities in Vancouver

Vancouver Electricity Costs

Electricity prices (residential) in Vancouver averaged 10.38 cents per kilowatthour (¢/kWh) in October 2021, which was about 26% less than the overall U.S. average residential electricity rate of 14.11¢/kWh in October. [3]

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Vancouver Natural Gas Costs

Natural gas prices (residential) in Washington averaged $11.51 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) in October 2021, which was approximately 34% less than the overall U.S. average residential natural gas rate of $17.48 per Mcf in October. [4]

Weather Forecast for Vancouver, WA [5]

Tue Jan 25
47°F
Few Clouds
Min: 32°F
Max: 50°F
Calm: 3 mps NNE
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 51%
Cloud cover: 13%
Wed Jan 26
47°F
Sky Is Clear
Min: 32°F
Max: 50°F
Calm: 2 mps NNE
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 51%
Cloud cover: 0%
Thu Jan 27
49°F
Few Clouds
Min: 33°F
Max: 49°F
Calm: 3 mps ENE
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 49%
Cloud cover: 17%
Fri Jan 28
47°F
Overcast Clouds
Min: 32°F
Max: 47°F
Calm: 1 mps NE
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 53%
Cloud cover: 100%
Sat Jan 29
50°F
Overcast Clouds
Min: 36°F
Max: 50°F
Calm: 1 mps ESE
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 56%
Cloud cover: 100%
Sun Jan 30
41°F
Moderate Rain
Min: 38°F
Max: 41°F
Calm: 3 mps W
Precip.: Chance of Rain
Humidity: 97%
Cloud cover: 100%

More about Vancouver

About Vancouver

The city of Vancouver, WA in Clark County has an approximate population of 161,791. [6]

Vancouver Solar Power

Vancouver, WA Solar Energy

To learn more about solar energy and solar power Vancouver, WA, or for more solar-related resources for Vancouver, 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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