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Solar Energy in Salem, MA

Solar Energy in Salem

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

Solar Panels in Salem

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

Sunrise & Sunset in Salem

The total length of the day in Salem, MA today (January 15, 2019) will be 09 hours and 25 minutes. [More]

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Salem, MA Solar Energy

Solar Power in Salem, MA

Solar Energy Data in Salem, MA

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

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


Solar Energy Analysis for Salem, MA

Solar Radiation Data in Salem

Based on historical Salem, 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 Salem. [1]

Salem has an average monthly Global Horizontal Irradiance (GHI) of 3.81 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 Salem that are always titled at the latitude of Salem (Average Tilt at Latitude or ATaL) average 4.49 kWh/m2/day, or about 18% greater than the average monthly GHI of 3.81 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.

Solar Radiation Levels in Salem

Solar Radiation Data in Salem, MA

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

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

Solar Radiation Analysis for Salem, MA

Solar Radiation Data in Salem

Salem, 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 Salem 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 Salem (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. [1]

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

Solar Power Levels in Salem

The average monthly solar radiation level in Salem, 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 Salem 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 Salem

Sunrise / Sunset in Salem

  • Sunrise/Sunset for January 15, 2019 [2]
    • Sunrise: 8:10 am
    • Sunset: 5:36 pm
    • Solar Noon: 12:53 pm
    • Length of Day: 09:25
Solar Energy Statistics for Salem

Best Months for Solar in Salem

  • Top Solar Power Months Historically [1]
    • Solar Radiation August (5.64 kWh/m2/day)
    • ATaL: July (5.52 kWh/m2/day)
    • DNI: July (4.6 kWh/m2/day)
    • GHI: July (5.89 kWh/m2/day)

* See glossary & definitions above.

Solar Panel Installs in Salem

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

However, Salem is in Essex County and Essex County has at least 7,113 solar insallations right now. [1]

Solar Power Output in Salem

The Power of Solar in Salem, MA

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

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

Solar Output Analysis for Salem, MA

Solar Radiation Data in Salem

Salem (MA) has a average annual solar AC output value of 5427.83 kilowatt hours (AC). [2]

The month with the highest historical solar power output in Salem is August with an average of 541.83 kWhac, followed by July at 536.66 kWhac and May at 525.62 kWhac. [2]

The three months that historically average the lowest average solar output levels in Salem (Massachusetts) are December with an average of 311.11 kWhac, followed by November with an average of 315.33 kWhac and January at 358.81 kWhac. [2]

Cost of Utilities in Salem

Salem Electricity Costs

Electricity prices (residential) in Salem averaged 21.30 cents per kilowatthour (¢/kWh) in October 2018, which was about 66% more than the overall U.S. average residential electricity rate of 12.87¢/kWh in October. [3]

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Salem Natural Gas Costs

Natural gas prices (residential) in Massachusetts averaged $13.28 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) in October 2018, which was approximately 8% more 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 Salem

Solar Energy Contractors in Salem

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

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Solar Energy Equipment in Salem

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

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Energy Conservation Consultants in Salem

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

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Weather Forecast for Salem, MA [5]

Tue Jan 15
34°F
Few Clouds
Min: 26°F
Max: 34°F
Moderate breeze: 7 mps NW
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 100%
Cloud cover: 20%
Wed Jan 16
28°F
Sky Is Clear
Min: 24°F
Max: 35°F
High wind, near gale: 14 mps SW
Precip.: Chance of Snow
Humidity: 100%
Cloud cover: 24%
Thu Jan 17
17°F
Sky Is Clear
Min: 17°F
Max: 22°F
Strong breeze: 11 mps NW
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 100%
Cloud cover: 0%
Fri Jan 18
29°F
Light Snow
Min: 17°F
Max: 29°F
Moderate breeze: 6 mps WNW
Precip.: Chance of Snow
Humidity: 0%
Cloud cover: 0%
Sat Jan 19
34°F
Light Snow
Min: 12°F
Max: 48°F
Moderate breeze: 5 mps SSE
Precip.: Chance of Rain
Humidity: 0%
Cloud cover: 42%
Sun Jan 20
46°F
Snow
Min: 29°F
Max: 50°F
Strong breeze: 11 mps N
Precip.: Chance of Rain
Humidity: 0%
Cloud cover: 99%

More about Salem

About Salem

The city of Salem, MA in Essex County has an approximate population of 41,340. [6]

Salem Solar Power

Salem, MA Solar Energy

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

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