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Solar Panels in Massachusetts

There are currently at least 71,421 solar panel installations throughout the state of Massachusetts right now.

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Solar Energy Levels in Massachusetts

The average monthly solar radiation level in Massachusetts's capital city, Boston, of 4.59 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day) is approximately 23% greater than the average level of 3.73 kWh/m2/day in an area with historically low levels (WA) and is approximately 30% less than the average level of 6.6 kWh/m2/day in an area with historically high levels (NV). [1]


→ Values listed as 0 (zero) are not available (N/A).
→ Massachusetts values listed here are based on the capital, Boston.

Solar Radiation in Massachusetts

Below is a month-by-month comparison of how average Massachusetts solar radiation levels compare to average levels in an area with historcially high levels (NV) and one 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).
→ Massachusetts values listed here are based on the capital, Boston.

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Solar Installs in Massachusetts

Solar Panel Installations in Massachusetts

A look at solar installs in Massachusetts. The chart below visualizes install totals for the top five counties in MA vs. the cumulative install total of rest of MA counties combined.

Breakdown of Solar Installs in Massachusetts

There are currently at least 71,421 solar panel installations throughout the state of Massachusetts right now. [1]

  • Top Five Solar Install Counties in Massachusetts
    • Middlesex County: 16,989 solar installs
    • Worcester County: 11,145 solar installs
    • Essex County: 7,113 solar installs
    • Bristol County: 6,443 solar installs
    • Norfolk County: 6,007 solar installs
    • Everywhere Else: 23,724 solar installs

Note: Install totals presented here are those voluntarily contributed from a variety of sources including solar incentive programs, utilities, installers, and the general public. [1] Data for some states is thinner than others.

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Cost of Utilities in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Electricity Costs

Residential electricity prices in Massachusetts averaged 20.70 cents per kilowatthour (¢/kWh) in April 2017, which was approximately 63% more than the overall U.S. average residential electricity rate of 12.70¢/kWh in April. [2]

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Massachusetts Natural Gas Costs

Residential natural gas prices in Massachusetts averaged $13.31 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) in April 2017, which was about 17% more than the overall U.S. average residential natural gas rate of $11.38 per Mcf in April. [3]

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More about Massachusetts

About Massachusetts

Massachusetts ranks 16th among all states in the U.S. with a population of approximately 6,547,629. [4]

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Solar Energy in MA

To learn more about solar energy and solar power in Massachusetts, or for additional solar-related resources in MA, visit the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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The solar energy that strikes the Earth in one hour could provide all of the Earth's energy needs for a complete year.

Cities in Massachusetts

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