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Solar Energy in El Centro, CA

Solar Energy in El Centro

The month of August has the highest historical solar radition values in El Centro with an average of 6.61 kWh/m2/day. [More]

Solar Panels in El Centro

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

Sunrise & Sunset in El Centro

The total length of the day in El Centro, CA today (September 20, 2017) will be 12 hours and 09 minutes. [More]

El Centro, CA Solar Energy

Solar Power in El Centro, CA

Solar Energy Data in El Centro, CA

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

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


Solar Energy Analysis for El Centro, CA

Solar Radiation Data in El Centro

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

El Centro has an average monthly Global Horizontal Irradiance (GHI) of 5.89 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day), which is approximately 22% less than the average monthly Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI) of 7.59 kWh/m2/day. [1]

Solar installations in El Centro that are always titled at the latitude of El Centro (Average Tilt at Latitude or ATaL) average 6.77 kWh/m2/day, or about 15% greater than the average monthly GHI of 5.89 kWh/m2/day and approximately 11% less than the average monthly DNI of 7.59 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.

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Solar Radiation Levels in El Centro

Solar Radiation Data in El Centro, CA

See the chart below for monthly solar radiation levels in El Centro.

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

Solar Radiation Analysis for El Centro, CA

Solar Radiation Data in El Centro

El Centro, CA has a average annual solar radiation value of 5.77 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day). [1]

The month with the highest historical solar radition values in El Centro is August with an average of 6.61 kWh/m2/day, followed by April at 6.52 kWh/m2/day and July at 6.26 kWh/m2/day. [1]

The three months that historically average the lowest average solar radiation levels in El Centro (California) are December with an average of 4.68 kWh/m2/day, followed by January with an average of 4.83 kWh/m2/day and November at 5.16 kWh/m2/day. [1]

Solar Power Comparison: El Centro vs. the U.S.

Solar Power Levels in El Centro

The average monthly solar radiation level in El Centro, CA, of 5.77 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day) is approximately 55% greater than the average level of 3.73 kWh/m2/day in a city with historically low levels (WA) and is approximately 13% 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 El Centro 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).

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Solar Data & Statistics for El Centro

Sunrise / Sunset in El Centro

  • Sunrise/Sunset for September 20, 2017 [2]
    • Sunrise: 6:30 am
    • Sunset: 6:39 pm
    • Solar Noon: 12:34 pm
    • Length of Day: 12:09
Solar Energy Statistics for El Centro

Best Months for Solar in El Centro

  • Top Solar Power Months Historically [1]
    • Solar Radiation August (6.61 kWh/m2/day)
    • ATaL: April (7.51 kWh/m2/day)
    • DNI: June (9.25 kWh/m2/day)
    • GHI: June (8.22 kWh/m2/day)

* See glossary & definitions above.

Solar Panel Installs in El Centro

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

However, El Centro is in Imperial County and Imperial County has at least 587 solar insallations right now. [1]

Solar Power Output in El Centro

The Power of Solar in El Centro, CA

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

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

Solar Output Analysis for El Centro, CA

Solar Radiation Data in El Centro

El Centro (CA) has a average annual solar AC output value of 6579.13 kilowatt hours (AC). [2]

The month with the highest historical solar power output in El Centro is August with an average of 626.76 kWhac, followed by April at 610.43 kWhac and July at 599.58 kWhac. [2]

The three months that historically average the lowest average solar output levels in El Centro (California) are December with an average of 455.85 kWhac, followed by February with an average of 472.2 kWhac and January at 473.87 kWhac. [2]

Cost of Utilities in El Centro

El Centro Electricity Costs

Electricity prices (residential) in El Centro averaged 19.39 cents per kilowatthour (¢/kWh) in June 2017, which was about 47% more than the overall U.S. average residential electricity rate of 13.22¢/kWh in June. [3]

Solar Power Poll: El Centro

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El Centro Natural Gas Costs

Natural gas prices (residential) in California averaged $13.21 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) in June 2017, which was approximately 17% less than the overall U.S. average residential natural gas rate of $15.98 per Mcf in June. [4]

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Solar Businesses in El Centro

Solar Energy Contractors in El Centro

Contractors & builders that specialize in solar panel installations in or near El Centro, CA.

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Solar Energy Equipment in El Centro

Businesses that sell solar energy equipment and/or solar parts in or near El Centro, CA.

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Energy Conservation Consultants in El Centro

Energy conservation specialists that offer consulting services in or near El Centro, CA.

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Weather Forecast for El Centro, CA [5]

Wed Sep 20
94°F
Sky Is Clear
Min: 72°F
Max: 94°F
Gentle Breeze: 5 mps SW
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 27%
Cloud cover: 0%
Thu Sep 21
78°F
Sky Is Clear
Min: 60°F
Max: 86°F
Fresh Breeze: 8 mps W
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 46%
Cloud cover: 0%
Fri Sep 22
73°F
Sky Is Clear
Min: 55°F
Max: 78°F
Gentle Breeze: 5 mps NW
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 51%
Cloud cover: 0%
Sat Sep 23
72°F
Sky Is Clear
Min: 46°F
Max: 77°F
Gentle Breeze: 4 mps WNW
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 0%
Cloud cover: 0%
Sun Sep 24
78°F
Sky Is Clear
Min: 48°F
Max: 79°F
Fresh Breeze: 8 mps
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 0%
Cloud cover: 0%
Mon Sep 25
79°F
Sky Is Clear
Min: 50°F
Max: 81°F
Fresh Breeze: 9 mps
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 0%
Cloud cover: 0%

More about El Centro

About El Centro

The city of El Centro, CA in Imperial County has an approximate population of 42,598. [6]

El Centro Solar Power

El Centro, CA Solar Energy

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

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