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Solar Energy in Surprise, AZ

Solar Energy in Surprise

The month of April has the highest historical solar radition values in Surprise with an average of 7.54 kWh/m2/day. [More]

Solar Panels in Surprise

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

Sunrise & Sunset in Surprise

The total length of the day in Surprise, AZ today (February 19, 2019) will be 11 hours and 09 minutes. [More]

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Surprise, AZ Solar Energy

Solar Power in Surprise, AZ

Solar Energy Data in Surprise, AZ

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

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


Solar Energy Analysis for Surprise, AZ

Solar Radiation Data in Surprise

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

Surprise has an average monthly Global Horizontal Irradiance (GHI) of 5.81 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day), which is approximately 24% less than the average monthly Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI) of 7.6 kWh/m2/day. [1]

Solar installations in Surprise that are always titled at the latitude of Surprise (Average Tilt at Latitude or ATaL) average 6.73 kWh/m2/day, or about 16% greater than the average monthly GHI of 5.81 kWh/m2/day and approximately 11% less than the average monthly DNI of 7.6 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 Surprise

Solar Radiation Data in Surprise, AZ

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

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

Solar Radiation Analysis for Surprise, AZ

Solar Radiation Data in Surprise

Surprise, AZ has a average annual solar radiation value of 6.57 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day). [1]

The month with the highest historical solar radition values in Surprise is April with an average of 7.54 kWh/m2/day, followed by May at 7.53 kWh/m2/day and June at 7.27 kWh/m2/day. [1]

The three months that historically average the lowest average solar radiation levels in Surprise (Arizona) are December with an average of 4.89 kWh/m2/day, followed by January with an average of 5.09 kWh/m2/day and November at 5.6 kWh/m2/day. [1]

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

Solar Power Levels in Surprise

The average monthly solar radiation level in Surprise, AZ, of 6.57 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day) is approximately 76% greater than the average level of 3.73 kWh/m2/day in a city with historically low levels (WA) and is approximately 0% 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 Surprise 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 Surprise

Sunrise / Sunset in Surprise

  • Sunrise/Sunset for February 19, 2019 [2]
    • Sunrise: 2:08 pm
    • Sunset: 1:17 am
    • Solar Noon: 7:43 pm
    • Length of Day: 11:09
Solar Energy Statistics for Surprise

Best Months for Solar in Surprise

  • Top Solar Power Months Historically [1]
    • Solar Radiation April (7.54 kWh/m2/day)
    • ATaL: April (7.49 kWh/m2/day)
    • DNI: June (9.56 kWh/m2/day)
    • GHI: June (8.36 kWh/m2/day)

* See glossary & definitions above.

Solar Panel Installs in Surprise

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

However, Surprise is in Maricopa County and Maricopa County has at least 57,533 solar insallations right now. [1]

Solar Power Output in Surprise

The Power of Solar in Surprise, AZ

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

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

Solar Output Analysis for Surprise, AZ

Solar Radiation Data in Surprise

Surprise (AZ) has a average annual solar AC output value of 7160.43 kilowatt hours (AC). [2]

The month with the highest historical solar power output in Surprise is May with an average of 686.9 kWhac, followed by April at 674.66 kWhac and August at 644.77 kWhac. [2]

The three months that historically average the lowest average solar output levels in Surprise (Arizona) are December with an average of 477.4 kWhac, followed by January with an average of 492.97 kWhac and November at 514.9 kWhac. [2]

Cost of Utilities in Surprise

Surprise Electricity Costs

Electricity prices (residential) in Surprise averaged 12.65 cents per kilowatthour (¢/kWh) in November 2018, which was about 2% less than the overall U.S. average residential electricity rate of 12.95¢/kWh in November. [3]

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Surprise Natural Gas Costs

Natural gas prices (residential) in Arizona averaged $14.16 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) in November 2018, which was approximately 50% more than the overall U.S. average residential natural gas rate of $9.43 per Mcf in November. [4]

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Solar Businesses in Surprise

Solar Energy Contractors in Surprise

Contractors & builders that specialize in solar panel installations in or near Surprise, AZ.

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Solar Energy Equipment in Surprise

Businesses that sell solar energy equipment and/or solar parts in or near Surprise, AZ.

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Energy Conservation Consultants in Surprise

Energy conservation specialists that offer consulting services in or near Surprise, AZ.

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Weather Forecast for Surprise, AZ [5]

Tue Feb 19
54°F
Sky Is Clear
Min: 33°F
Max: 54°F
: 7 mps SW
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 73%
Cloud cover: 0%
Wed Feb 20
41°F
Sky Is Clear
Min: 24°F
Max: 47°F
Gentle Breeze: 4 mps E
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 74%
Cloud cover: 0%
Thu Feb 21
43°F
Heavy Intensity Rain
Min: 38°F
Max: 46°F
: 7 mps S
Precip.: Chance of Rain
Humidity: 91%
Cloud cover: 92%
Fri Feb 22
47°F
Heavy Intensity Rain
Min: 34°F
Max: 47°F
Fresh Breeze: 8 mps SSW
Precip.: Chance of Rain
Humidity: 0%
Cloud cover: 14%
Sat Feb 23
45°F
Light Rain
Min: 29°F
Max: 50°F
Gentle Breeze: 4 mps ENE
Precip.: Chance of Rain
Humidity: 0%
Cloud cover: 56%
Sun Feb 24
48°F
Moderate Rain
Min: 34°F
Max: 52°F
Gentle Breeze: 4 mps ESE
Precip.: Chance of Rain
Humidity: 0%
Cloud cover: 1%

More about Surprise

About Surprise

The city of Surprise, AZ in Maricopa County has an approximate population of 117,517. [6]

Surprise Solar Power

Surprise, AZ Solar Energy

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

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