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Solar Energy in Cambridge, MA

Solar Energy in Cambridge

The month of August has the highest historical solar radition values in Cambridge with an average of 5.64 kWh/m2/day. [More]

Solar Panels in Cambridge

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

Sunrise & Sunset in Cambridge

The total length of the day in Cambridge, MA today (November 20, 2017) will be 09 hours and 35 minutes. [More]

Cambridge, MA Solar Energy

Solar Power in Cambridge, MA

Solar Energy Data in Cambridge, MA

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

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


Solar Energy Analysis for Cambridge, MA

Solar Radiation Data in Cambridge

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

Cambridge has an average monthly Global Horizontal Irradiance (GHI) of 3.8 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day), which is approximately 3% greater than the average monthly Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI) of 3.69 kWh/m2/day. [1]

Solar installations in Cambridge that are always titled at the latitude of Cambridge (Average Tilt at Latitude or ATaL) average 4.49 kWh/m2/day, or about 18% greater than the average monthly GHI of 3.8 kWh/m2/day and approximately 22% greater than the average monthly DNI of 3.69 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 Cambridge

Solar Radiation Data in Cambridge, MA

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

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

Solar Radiation Analysis for Cambridge, MA

Solar Radiation Data in Cambridge

Cambridge, MA has a average annual solar radiation value of 4.59 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day). [1]

The month with the highest historical solar radition values in Cambridge is August with an average of 5.64 kWh/m2/day, followed by July at 5.6 kWh/m2/day and June at 5.41 kWh/m2/day. [1]

The three months that historically average the lowest average solar radiation levels in Cambridge (Massachusetts) are December with an average of 2.95 kWh/m2/day, followed by November with an average of 3.13 kWh/m2/day and January at 3.36 kWh/m2/day. [1]

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

Solar Power Levels in Cambridge

The average monthly solar radiation level in Cambridge, MA, 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 a city with historically low levels (WA) and is approximately 30% 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 Cambridge 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 Cambridge

Sunrise / Sunset in Cambridge

  • Sunrise/Sunset for November 20, 2017 [2]
    • Sunrise: 6:42 am
    • Sunset: 4:18 pm
    • Solar Noon: 11:30 am
    • Length of Day: 09:35
Solar Energy Statistics for Cambridge

Best Months for Solar in Cambridge

  • Top Solar Power Months Historically [1]
    • Solar Radiation August (5.64 kWh/m2/day)
    • ATaL: July (5.46 kWh/m2/day)
    • DNI: July (4.5 kWh/m2/day)
    • GHI: July (5.84 kWh/m2/day)

* See glossary & definitions above.

Solar Panel Installs in Cambridge

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

However, Cambridge is in Middlesex County and Middlesex County has at least 16,989 solar insallations right now. [1]

Solar Power Output in Cambridge

The Power of Solar in Cambridge, MA

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

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

Solar Output Analysis for Cambridge, MA

Solar Radiation Data in Cambridge

Cambridge (MA) has a average annual solar AC output value of 5428.87 kilowatt hours (AC). [2]

The month with the highest historical solar power output in Cambridge is August with an average of 542.17 kWhac, followed by July at 537.19 kWhac and May at 526.08 kWhac. [2]

The three months that historically average the lowest average solar output levels in Cambridge (Massachusetts) are December with an average of 310.83 kWhac, followed by November with an average of 315.11 kWhac and January at 358.51 kWhac. [2]

Cost of Utilities in Cambridge

Cambridge Electricity Costs

Electricity prices (residential) in Cambridge averaged 19.94 cents per kilowatthour (¢/kWh) in August 2017, which was about 51% more than the overall U.S. average residential electricity rate of 13.19¢/kWh in August. [3]

Solar Power Poll: Cambridge

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Cambridge Natural Gas Costs

Natural gas prices (residential) in Massachusetts averaged $15.92 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) in August 2017, which was approximately 12% less than the overall U.S. average residential natural gas rate of $18.09 per Mcf in August. [4]

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Solar Businesses in Cambridge

Solar Energy Contractors in Cambridge

Contractors & builders that specialize in solar panel installations in or near Cambridge, MA.

Sorry, no local solar energy contractors found.

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

Solar Energy Equipment in Cambridge

Businesses that sell solar energy equipment and/or solar parts in or near Cambridge, MA.

Sorry, no local business selling solar equipment were found.

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

Energy Conservation Consultants in Cambridge

Energy conservation specialists that offer consulting services in or near Cambridge, MA.

Sorry, no local energy conservation specialists were found.

Our search for energy conservation specialists located in Cambridge produced no matches.

Weather Forecast for Cambridge, MA [5]

Mon Nov 20
40°F
Scattered Clouds
Min: 38°F
Max: 40°F
Strong breeze: 10 mps W
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 44%
Cloud cover: 48%
Tue Nov 21
44°F
Few Clouds
Min: 33°F
Max: 51°F
Moderate breeze: 7 mps SW
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 52%
Cloud cover: 20%
Wed Nov 22
47°F
Heavy Intensity Rain
Min: 36°F
Max: 50°F
Gentle Breeze: 4 mps W
Precip.: Chance of Rain
Humidity: 100%
Cloud cover: 92%
Thu Nov 23
43°F
Light Snow
Min: 37°F
Max: 43°F
Strong breeze: 10 mps NNE
Precip.: Chance of Rain
Humidity: 0%
Cloud cover: 100%
Fri Nov 24
41°F
Sky Is Clear
Min: 33°F
Max: 41°F
Moderate breeze: 7 mps WNW
Precip.: Chance of Snow
Humidity: 0%
Cloud cover: 3%
Sat Nov 25
42°F
Light Snow
Min: 34°F
Max: 42°F
Light breeze: 3 mps SSW
Precip.: Chance of Rain
Humidity: 0%
Cloud cover: 100%

More about Cambridge

About Cambridge

The city of Cambridge, MA in Middlesex County has an approximate population of 105,162. [6]

Cambridge Solar Power

Cambridge, MA Solar Energy

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

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