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Solar Energy in Denver, CO

Solar Energy in Denver

The month of September has the highest historical solar radition values in Denver with an average of 6.25 kWh/m2/day. [More]

Solar Panels in Denver

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

Sunrise & Sunset in Denver

The total length of the day in Denver, CO today (January 15, 2019) will be 09 hours and 41 minutes. [More]

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Denver, CO Solar Energy

Solar Power in Denver, CO

Solar Energy Data in Denver, CO

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

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


Solar Energy Analysis for Denver, CO

Solar Radiation Data in Denver

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

Denver has an average monthly Global Horizontal Irradiance (GHI) of 4.83 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day), which is approximately 21% less than the average monthly Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI) of 6.12 kWh/m2/day. [1]

Solar installations in Denver that are always titled at the latitude of Denver (Average Tilt at Latitude or ATaL) average 5.85 kWh/m2/day, or about 21% greater than the average monthly GHI of 4.83 kWh/m2/day and approximately 4% less than the average monthly DNI of 6.12 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 Denver

Solar Radiation Data in Denver, CO

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

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

Solar Radiation Analysis for Denver, CO

Solar Radiation Data in Denver

Denver, CO has a average annual solar radiation value of 5.53 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day). [1]

The month with the highest historical solar radition values in Denver is September with an average of 6.25 kWh/m2/day, followed by August at 6.24 kWh/m2/day and June at 6.1 kWh/m2/day. [1]

The three months that historically average the lowest average solar radiation levels in Denver (Colorado) are December with an average of 4.23 kWh/m2/day, followed by January with an average of 4.38 kWh/m2/day and November at 4.58 kWh/m2/day. [1]

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

Solar Power Levels in Denver

The average monthly solar radiation level in Denver, CO, of 5.53 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day) is approximately 48% greater than the average level of 3.73 kWh/m2/day in a city with historically low levels (WA) and is approximately 16% 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 Denver 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 Denver

Sunrise / Sunset in Denver

  • Sunrise/Sunset for January 15, 2019 [2]
    • Sunrise: 8:18 am
    • Sunset: 6:00 pm
    • Solar Noon: 1:09 pm
    • Length of Day: 09:41
Solar Energy Statistics for Denver

Best Months for Solar in Denver

  • Top Solar Power Months Historically [1]
    • Solar Radiation September (6.25 kWh/m2/day)
    • ATaL: July (6.56 kWh/m2/day)
    • DNI: July (7.41 kWh/m2/day)
    • GHI: June (7.21 kWh/m2/day)

* See glossary & definitions above.

Solar Panel Installs in Denver

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

However, Denver is in Denver County and Denver County has at least 319 solar insallations right now. [1]

Solar Power Output in Denver

The Power of Solar in Denver, CO

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

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

Solar Output Analysis for Denver, CO

Solar Radiation Data in Denver

Denver (CO) has a average annual solar AC output value of 6366.58 kilowatt hours (AC). [2]

The month with the highest historical solar power output in Denver is March with an average of 601.14 kWhac, followed by August at 581.49 kWhac and May at 580.1 kWhac. [2]

The three months that historically average the lowest average solar output levels in Denver (Colorado) are December with an average of 437.4 kWhac, followed by February with an average of 444.78 kWhac and November at 449.77 kWhac. [2]

Cost of Utilities in Denver

Denver Electricity Costs

Electricity prices (residential) in Denver averaged 12.27 cents per kilowatthour (¢/kWh) in October 2018, which was about 5% less than the overall U.S. average residential electricity rate of 12.87¢/kWh in October. [3]

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Denver Natural Gas Costs

Natural gas prices (residential) in Colorado averaged $7.93 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) in October 2018, which was approximately 35% less than the overall U.S. average residential natural gas rate of $12.26 per Mcf in October. [4]

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Solar Businesses in Denver

Solar Energy Contractors in Denver

Contractors & builders that specialize in solar panel installations in or near Denver, CO.

Sorry, no local solar energy contractors found.

Our search for solar contractors companies located in Denver produced no matches.

Solar Energy Equipment in Denver

Businesses that sell solar energy equipment and/or solar parts in or near Denver, CO.

Sorry, no local business selling solar equipment were found.

Our search for companies selling solar parts located in Denver produced no matches.

Energy Conservation Consultants in Denver

Energy conservation specialists that offer consulting services in or near Denver, CO.

Sorry, no local energy conservation specialists were found.

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Weather Forecast for Denver, CO [5]

Tue Jan 15
45°F
Sky Is Clear
Min: 13°F
Max: 45°F
Gentle Breeze: 3 mps SE
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 60%
Cloud cover: 0%
Wed Jan 16
37°F
Light Snow
Min: 17°F
Max: 42°F
: 3 mps WSW
Precip.: Chance of Snow
Humidity: 61%
Cloud cover: 76%
Thu Jan 17
44°F
Sky Is Clear
Min: 15°F
Max: 50°F
Gentle Breeze: 4 mps S
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 52%
Cloud cover: 0%
Fri Jan 18
38°F
Scattered Clouds
Min: 17°F
Max: 38°F
Gentle Breeze: 4 mps W
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 0%
Cloud cover: 38%
Sat Jan 19
37°F
Sky Is Clear
Min: 2°F
Max: 38°F
Gentle Breeze: 4 mps SW
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 0%
Cloud cover: 2%
Sun Jan 20
43°F
Snow
Min: 23°F
Max: 43°F
Gentle Breeze: 4 mps SE
Precip.: Chance of Rain
Humidity: 0%
Cloud cover: 3%

More about Denver

About Denver

The city of Denver, CO in Denver County has an approximate population of 600,158. [6]

Denver Solar Power

Denver, CO Solar Energy

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

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