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Solar Energy in Sterling, MI

Solar Energy in Sterling

The month of July has the highest historical solar radition values in Sterling with an average of 5.59 kWh/m2/day. [More]

Solar Panels in Sterling

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

Sunrise & Sunset in Sterling

The total length of the day in Sterling, MI today (September 19, 2018) will be 12 hours and 17 minutes. [More]

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Sterling, MI Solar Energy

Solar Power in Sterling, MI

Solar Energy Data in Sterling, MI

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

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


Solar Energy Analysis for Sterling, MI

Solar Radiation Data in Sterling

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

Sterling has an average monthly Global Horizontal Irradiance (GHI) of 3.75 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day), which is approximately 1% greater than the average monthly Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI) of 3.72 kWh/m2/day. [1]

Solar installations in Sterling that are always titled at the latitude of Sterling (Average Tilt at Latitude or ATaL) average 4.34 kWh/m2/day, or about 16% greater than the average monthly GHI of 3.75 kWh/m2/day and approximately 17% greater than the average monthly DNI of 3.72 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 Sterling

Solar Radiation Data in Sterling, MI

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

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

Solar Radiation Analysis for Sterling, MI

Solar Radiation Data in Sterling

Sterling, MI has a average annual solar radiation value of 4.14 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day). [1]

The month with the highest historical solar radition values in Sterling is July with an average of 5.59 kWh/m2/day, followed by June at 5.57 kWh/m2/day and April at 5.56 kWh/m2/day. [1]

The three months that historically average the lowest average solar radiation levels in Sterling (Michigan) are December with an average of 2.04 kWh/m2/day, followed by November with an average of 2.06 kWh/m2/day and January at 2.48 kWh/m2/day. [1]

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

Solar Power Levels in Sterling

The average monthly solar radiation level in Sterling, MI, of 4.14 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day) is approximately 11% greater than the average level of 3.73 kWh/m2/day in a city with historically low levels (WA) and is approximately 37% 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 Sterling 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 Sterling

Sunrise / Sunset in Sterling

  • Sunrise/Sunset for September 19, 2018 [2]
    • Sunrise: 7:20 am
    • Sunset: 7:38 pm
    • Solar Noon: 1:29 pm
    • Length of Day: 12:17
Solar Energy Statistics for Sterling

Best Months for Solar in Sterling

  • Top Solar Power Months Historically [1]
    • Solar Radiation July (5.59 kWh/m2/day)
    • ATaL: July (5.69 kWh/m2/day)
    • DNI: July (5.29 kWh/m2/day)
    • GHI: June (6.13 kWh/m2/day)

* See glossary & definitions above.

Solar Panel Installs in Sterling

We do not currently have data on solar panel installations in the village of Sterling, MI at this current time.

However, Sterling is in Arenac County and Arenac County has at least 0 solar insallations right now. [1]

Solar Power Output in Sterling

The Power of Solar in Sterling, MI

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

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

Solar Output Analysis for Sterling, MI

Solar Radiation Data in Sterling

Sterling (MI) has a average annual solar AC output value of 4911.78 kilowatt hours (AC). [2]

The month with the highest historical solar power output in Sterling is April with an average of 543.16 kWhac, followed by July at 536.44 kWhac and June at 522.24 kWhac. [2]

The three months that historically average the lowest average solar output levels in Sterling (Michigan) are November with an average of 209.18 kWhac, followed by December with an average of 221.53 kWhac and January at 268.77 kWhac. [2]

Cost of Utilities in Sterling

Sterling Electricity Costs

Electricity prices (residential) in Sterling averaged 16.07 cents per kilowatthour (¢/kWh) in June 2018, which was about 23% more than the overall U.S. average residential electricity rate of 13.02¢/kWh in June. [3]

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Sterling Natural Gas Costs

Natural gas prices (residential) in Michigan averaged $13.46 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) in June 2018, which was approximately 19% less than the overall U.S. average residential natural gas rate of $16.53 per Mcf in June. [4]

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Solar Businesses in Sterling

Solar Energy Contractors in Sterling

Contractors & builders that specialize in solar panel installations in or near Sterling, MI.

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Solar Energy Equipment in Sterling

Businesses that sell solar energy equipment and/or solar parts in or near Sterling, MI.

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Energy Conservation Consultants in Sterling

Energy conservation specialists that offer consulting services in or near Sterling, MI.

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Weather Forecast for Sterling, MI [5]

Tue Sep 18
60°F
Light Rain
Min: 60°F
Max: 60°F
Moderate breeze: 5 mps NE
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 100%
Cloud cover: 48%
Wed Sep 19
69°F
Sky Is Clear
Min: 59°F
Max: 71°F
Gentle Breeze: 3 mps E
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 89%
Cloud cover: 0%
Thu Sep 20
65°F
Heavy Intensity Rain
Min: 61°F
Max: 71°F
Strong breeze: 13 mps SE
Precip.: Chance of Rain
Humidity: 100%
Cloud cover: 100%
Fri Sep 21
73°F
Light Rain
Min: 53°F
Max: 73°F
Severe Gale: 21 mps WSW
Precip.: Chance of Rain
Humidity: 84%
Cloud cover: 88%
Sat Sep 22
61°F
Light Rain
Min: 49°F
Max: 61°F
Moderate breeze: 7 mps E
Precip.: Chance of Rain
Humidity: 0%
Cloud cover: 21%
Sun Sep 23
71°F
Light Rain
Min: 50°F
Max: 71°F
High wind, near gale: 14 mps WSW
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 0%
Cloud cover: 19%

More about Sterling

About Sterling

The village of Sterling, MI in Arenac County has an approximate population of 530. [6]

Sterling Solar Power

Sterling, MI Solar Energy

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

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