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Solar Energy in Reno, NV

Solar Energy in Reno

The month of September has the highest historical solar radition values in Reno with an average of 7.37 kWh/m2/day. [More]

Solar Panels in Reno

Solar panels in Reno that always track the sun throughout the day will produce the maximum solar energy output. [More]

Sunrise & Sunset in Reno

The total length of the day in Reno, NV today (December 12, 2017) will be 09 hours and 24 minutes. [More]

Reno, NV Solar Energy

Solar Power in Reno, NV

Solar Energy Data in Reno, NV

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

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


Solar Energy Analysis for Reno, NV

Solar Radiation Data in Reno

Based on historical Reno, NV data, solar panels that always track the sun throughout the day will produce the maximum solar energy output in Reno. [1]

Reno has an average monthly Global Horizontal Irradiance (GHI) of 5.21 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day), which is approximately 26% less than the average monthly Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI) of 7.07 kWh/m2/day. [1]

Solar installations in Reno that are always titled at the latitude of Reno (Average Tilt at Latitude or ATaL) average 6.16 kWh/m2/day, or about 18% greater than the average monthly GHI of 5.21 kWh/m2/day and approximately 13% less than the average monthly DNI of 7.07 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 Reno

Solar Radiation Data in Reno, NV

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

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

Solar Radiation Analysis for Reno, NV

Solar Radiation Data in Reno

Reno, NV has a average annual solar radiation value of 5.93 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day). [1]

The month with the highest historical solar radition values in Reno is September with an average of 7.37 kWh/m2/day, followed by August at 7.25 kWh/m2/day and July at 7.19 kWh/m2/day. [1]

The three months that historically average the lowest average solar radiation levels in Reno (Nevada) are January with an average of 3.9 kWh/m2/day, followed by December with an average of 4.03 kWh/m2/day and November at 4.78 kWh/m2/day. [1]

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

Solar Power Levels in Reno

The average monthly solar radiation level in Reno, NV, of 5.93 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day) is approximately 59% greater than the average level of 3.73 kWh/m2/day in a city with historically low levels (WA) and is approximately 10% 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 Reno 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 Reno

Sunrise / Sunset in Reno

  • Sunrise/Sunset for December 12, 2017 [2]
    • Sunrise: 7:11 am
    • Sunset: 4:35 pm
    • Solar Noon: 11:53 am
    • Length of Day: 09:24
Solar Energy Statistics for Reno

Best Months for Solar in Reno

  • Top Solar Power Months Historically [1]
    • Solar Radiation September (7.37 kWh/m2/day)
    • ATaL: August (7.4 kWh/m2/day)
    • DNI: July (9.71 kWh/m2/day)
    • GHI: June (8.05 kWh/m2/day)

* See glossary & definitions above.

Solar Panel Installs in Reno

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

However, Reno is in Washoe County and Washoe County has at least 1,724 solar insallations right now. [1]

Solar Power Output in Reno

The Power of Solar in Reno, NV

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

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

Solar Output Analysis for Reno, NV

Solar Radiation Data in Reno

Reno (NV) has a average annual solar AC output value of 6729.69 kilowatt hours (AC). [2]

The month with the highest historical solar power output in Reno is August with an average of 671.03 kWhac, followed by September at 663.16 kWhac and July at 657.8 kWhac. [2]

The three months that historically average the lowest average solar output levels in Reno (Nevada) are January with an average of 398 kWhac, followed by December with an average of 408.77 kWhac and February at 445.24 kWhac. [2]

Cost of Utilities in Reno

Reno Electricity Costs

Electricity prices (residential) in Reno averaged 12.03 cents per kilowatthour (¢/kWh) in September 2017, which was about 10% less than the overall U.S. average residential electricity rate of 13.30¢/kWh in September. [3]

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Reno Natural Gas Costs

Natural gas prices (residential) in Nevada averaged $12.81 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) in September 2017, which was approximately 25% less than the overall U.S. average residential natural gas rate of $17.01 per Mcf in September. [4]

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Solar Businesses in Reno

Solar Energy Contractors in Reno

Contractors & builders that specialize in solar panel installations in or near Reno, NV.

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Solar Energy Equipment in Reno

Businesses that sell solar energy equipment and/or solar parts in or near Reno, NV.

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Energy Conservation Consultants in Reno

Energy conservation specialists that offer consulting services in or near Reno, NV.

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Weather Forecast for Reno, NV [5]

Mon Dec 11
19°F
Sky Is Clear
Min: 19°F
Max: 19°F
Light breeze: 2 mps ESE
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 65%
Cloud cover: 0%
Tue Dec 12
24°F
Sky Is Clear
Min: 8°F
Max: 40°F
Light breeze: 2 mps ESE
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 67%
Cloud cover: 0%
Wed Dec 13
26°F
Sky Is Clear
Min: 6°F
Max: 44°F
Light breeze: 2 mps ESE
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 59%
Cloud cover: 0%
Thu Dec 14
23°F
Few Clouds
Min: 7°F
Max: 34°F
Light breeze: 2 mps N
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 0%
Cloud cover: 19%
Fri Dec 15
29°F
Sky Is Clear
Min: 12°F
Max: 40°F
: 1 mps S
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 0%
Cloud cover: 11%
Sat Dec 16
30°F
Sky Is Clear
Min: 16°F
Max: 38°F
Light breeze: 2 mps NNW
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 0%
Cloud cover: 0%

More about Reno

About Reno

The city of Reno, NV in Washoe County has an approximate population of 225,221. [6]

Reno Solar Power

Reno, NV Solar Energy

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

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