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Solar Energy in Portales, NM

Solar Energy in Portales

The month of June has the highest historical solar radition values in Portales with an average of 6.99 kWh/m2/day. [More]

Solar Panels in Portales

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

Sunrise & Sunset in Portales

The total length of the day in Portales, NM today (July 23, 2017) will be 14 hours and 00 minutes. [More]

Portales, NM Solar Energy

Solar Power in Portales, NM

Solar Energy Data in Portales, NM

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

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


Solar Energy Analysis for Portales, NM

Solar Radiation Data in Portales

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

Portales has an average monthly Global Horizontal Irradiance (GHI) of 5.45 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day), which is approximately 19% less than the average monthly Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI) of 6.75 kWh/m2/day. [1]

Solar installations in Portales that are always titled at the latitude of Portales (Average Tilt at Latitude or ATaL) average 6.32 kWh/m2/day, or about 16% greater than the average monthly GHI of 5.45 kWh/m2/day and approximately 6% less than the average monthly DNI of 6.75 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 Portales

Solar Radiation Data in Portales, NM

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

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

Solar Radiation Analysis for Portales, NM

Solar Radiation Data in Portales

Portales, NM has a average annual solar radiation value of 6.07 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day). [1]

The month with the highest historical solar radition values in Portales is June with an average of 6.99 kWh/m2/day, followed by April at 6.69 kWh/m2/day and July at 6.64 kWh/m2/day. [1]

The three months that historically average the lowest average solar radiation levels in Portales (New Mexico) are December with an average of 5.01 kWh/m2/day, followed by January with an average of 5.1 kWh/m2/day and November at 5.26 kWh/m2/day. [1]

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

Solar Power Levels in Portales

The average monthly solar radiation level in Portales, NM, of 6.07 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day) is approximately 63% greater than the average level of 3.73 kWh/m2/day in a city with historically low levels (WA) and is approximately 8% 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 Portales 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 Portales

Sunrise / Sunset in Portales

  • Sunrise/Sunset for July 23, 2017 [2]
    • Sunrise: 5:59 am
    • Sunset: 8:00 pm
    • Solar Noon: 12:59 pm
    • Length of Day: 14:00
Solar Energy Statistics for Portales

Best Months for Solar in Portales

  • Top Solar Power Months Historically [1]
    • Solar Radiation June (6.99 kWh/m2/day)
    • ATaL: April (7.01 kWh/m2/day)
    • DNI: June (7.91 kWh/m2/day)
    • GHI: June (7.72 kWh/m2/day)

* See glossary & definitions above.

Solar Panel Installs in Portales

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

However, Portales is in Roosevelt County and Roosevelt County has at least 3 solar insallations right now. [1]

Solar Power Output in Portales

The Power of Solar in Portales, NM

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

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

Solar Output Analysis for Portales, NM

Solar Radiation Data in Portales

Portales (NM) has a average annual solar AC output value of 6916.41 kilowatt hours (AC). [2]

The month with the highest historical solar power output in Portales is April with an average of 629.23 kWhac, followed by June at 627.78 kWhac and May at 625.88 kWhac. [2]

The three months that historically average the lowest average solar output levels in Portales (New Mexico) are February with an average of 505.1 kWhac, followed by November with an average of 508.33 kWhac and December at 510.28 kWhac. [2]

Cost of Utilities in Portales

Portales Electricity Costs

Electricity prices (residential) in Portales averaged 12.63 cents per kilowatthour (¢/kWh) in April 2017, which was about 1% less than the overall U.S. average residential electricity rate of 12.70¢/kWh in April. [3]

Solar Power Poll: Portales

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Portales Natural Gas Costs

Natural gas prices (residential) in New Mexico averaged $8.85 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) in April 2017, which was approximately 22% less than the overall U.S. average residential natural gas rate of $11.38 per Mcf in April. [4]

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Solar Businesses in Portales

Solar Energy Contractors in Portales

Contractors & builders that specialize in solar panel installations in or near Portales, NM.

Sorry, no local solar energy contractors found.

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

Solar Energy Equipment in Portales

Businesses that sell solar energy equipment and/or solar parts in or near Portales, NM.

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Energy Conservation Consultants in Portales

Energy conservation specialists that offer consulting services in or near Portales, NM.

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Weather Forecast for Portales, NM [5]

Sun Jul 23
75°F
Light Rain
Min: 67°F
Max: 75°F
Fresh Breeze: 9 mps ESE
Precip.: Chance of Rain
Humidity: 66%
Cloud cover: 68%
Mon Jul 24
78°F
Moderate Rain
Min: 61°F
Max: 80°F
Fresh Breeze: 8 mps S
Precip.: Chance of Rain
Humidity: 75%
Cloud cover: 36%
Tue Jul 25
86°F
Light Rain
Min: 67°F
Max: 88°F
Strong breeze: 12 mps SSW
Precip.: Chance of Rain
Humidity: 51%
Cloud cover: 8%
Wed Jul 26
94°F
Light Rain
Min: 72°F
Max: 94°F
Strong breeze: 12 mps S
Precip.: Chance of Rain
Humidity: 0%
Cloud cover: 1%
Thu Jul 27
90°F
Moderate Rain
Min: 71°F
Max: 90°F
Fresh Breeze: 10 mps SSW
Precip.: Chance of Rain
Humidity: 0%
Cloud cover: 30%
Fri Jul 28
85°F
Light Rain
Min: 68°F
Max: 87°F
Moderate breeze: 6 mps SE
Precip.: Chance of Rain
Humidity: 0%
Cloud cover: 15%

More about Portales

About Portales

The city of Portales, NM in Roosevelt County has an approximate population of 12,280. [6]

Portales Solar Power

Portales, NM Solar Energy

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

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