Based on historical Gloucester, 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 Gloucester.
Gloucester has an average monthly Global Horizontal Irradiance (GHI) of 3.78 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day), which is approximately 3% greater than the average monthly Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI) of 3.67 kWh/m2/day. 
Solar installations in Gloucester that are always titled at the latitude of Gloucester (Average Tilt at Latitude or ATaL) average 4.46 kWh/m2/day, or about 18% greater than the average monthly GHI of 3.78 kWh/m2/day and approximately 22% greater than the average monthly DNI of 3.67 kWh/m2/day. 
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 Gloucester
Solar Radiation Data in Gloucester, MA
See the chart below for monthly solar radiation levels in Gloucester.
* Amounts listed in kWh/m2/day (kilowatt hours per square meter per day)
Solar Radiation Analysis for Gloucester, MA
Gloucester, MA has a average annual solar radiation value of 4.59 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day). 
The month with the highest historical solar radition values in Gloucester is August with an average of 5.64 kWh/m2/day, followed by July at 5.59 kWh/m2/day and June at 5.4 kWh/m2/day. 
The three months that historically average the lowest average solar radiation levels in Gloucester (Massachusetts) are December with an average of 2.95 kWh/m2/day, followed by November with an average of 3.14 kWh/m2/day and January at 3.36 kWh/m2/day. 
Solar Power Comparison: Gloucester vs. the U.S.
Solar Power Levels in Gloucester
The average monthly solar radiation level in Gloucester, 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). 
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Solar Power: vs. the U.S.
Below is a month-by-month comparison of how average Gloucester solar radiation levels compare to average levels in a city with historcially high levels (NV) and a city with historically low levels (WA). 
→ k/m/d = kWh/m2/day = kilowatt hours per square meter per day.
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We do not currently have data on solar panel installations in the city of Gloucester, MA at this current time.
However, Gloucester is in Essex County and Essex County has at least 7,113 solar insallations right now. 
Solar Power Output in Gloucester
The Power of Solar in Gloucester, MA
Monthly AC solar system output averages for Gloucester (ma). Month-by-month solar power, as ranked by AC output, in Gloucester. 
* Amounts listed in kWhac (kilowatt hours (AC))
Solar Output Analysis for Gloucester, MA
Gloucester (MA) has a average annual solar AC output value of 5427.11 kilowatt hours (AC). 
The month with the highest historical solar power output in Gloucester is August with an average of 541.61 kWhac, followed by July at 536.3 kWhac and May at 525.31 kWhac. 
The three months that historically average the lowest average solar output levels in Gloucester (Massachusetts) are December with an average of 311.3 kWhac, followed by November with an average of 315.47 kWhac and January at 359.01 kWhac. 
Cost of Utilities in Gloucester
Gloucester Electricity Costs
Electricity prices (residential) in Gloucester averaged 22.15 cents per kilowatthour (¢/kWh) in September 2018, which was about 70% more than the overall U.S. average residential electricity rate of 13.01¢/kWh in September. 
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Gloucester Natural Gas Costs
Natural gas prices (residential) in Massachusetts averaged $16.02 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) in September 2018, which was approximately 8% less than the overall U.S. average residential natural gas rate of $17.32 per Mcf in September. 
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