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Solar Energy in Rio Rancho, NM

Solar Energy in Rio Rancho

The month of May has the highest historical solar radition values in Rio Rancho with an average of 7.38 kWh/m2/day. [More]

Solar Panels in Rio Rancho

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

Sunrise & Sunset in Rio Rancho

The total length of the day in Rio Rancho, NM today (February 19, 2019) will be 11 hours and 05 minutes. [More]

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Rio Rancho, NM Solar Energy

Solar Power in Rio Rancho, NM

Solar Energy Data in Rio Rancho, NM

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

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


Solar Energy Analysis for Rio Rancho, NM

Solar Radiation Data in Rio Rancho

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

Rio Rancho has an average monthly Global Horizontal Irradiance (GHI) of 5.59 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day), which is approximately 26% less than the average monthly Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI) of 7.53 kWh/m2/day. [1]

Solar installations in Rio Rancho that are always titled at the latitude of Rio Rancho (Average Tilt at Latitude or ATaL) average 6.59 kWh/m2/day, or about 18% greater than the average monthly GHI of 5.59 kWh/m2/day and approximately 12% less than the average monthly DNI of 7.53 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 Rio Rancho

Solar Radiation Data in Rio Rancho, NM

See the chart below for monthly solar radiation levels in Rio Rancho.

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

Solar Radiation Analysis for Rio Rancho, NM

Solar Radiation Data in Rio Rancho

Rio Rancho, NM has a average annual solar radiation value of 6.48 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day). [1]

The month with the highest historical solar radition values in Rio Rancho is May with an average of 7.38 kWh/m2/day, followed by April at 7.15 kWh/m2/day and July at 7.12 kWh/m2/day. [1]

The three months that historically average the lowest average solar radiation levels in Rio Rancho (New Mexico) are December with an average of 5.15 kWh/m2/day, followed by January with an average of 5.33 kWh/m2/day and November at 5.74 kWh/m2/day. [1]

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Solar Power Comparison: Rio Rancho vs. the U.S.

Solar Power Levels in Rio Rancho

The average monthly solar radiation level in Rio Rancho, NM, of 6.48 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day) is approximately 74% greater than the average level of 3.73 kWh/m2/day in a city with historically low levels (WA) and is approximately 2% 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 Rio Rancho 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 Rio Rancho

Sunrise / Sunset in Rio Rancho

  • Sunrise/Sunset for February 19, 2019 [2]
    • Sunrise: 1:47 pm
    • Sunset: 12:53 am
    • Solar Noon: 7:20 pm
    • Length of Day: 11:05
Solar Energy Statistics for Rio Rancho

Best Months for Solar in Rio Rancho

  • Top Solar Power Months Historically [1]
    • Solar Radiation May (7.38 kWh/m2/day)
    • ATaL: April (7.18 kWh/m2/day)
    • DNI: June (9.07 kWh/m2/day)
    • GHI: June (8.03 kWh/m2/day)

* See glossary & definitions above.

Solar Panel Installs in Rio Rancho

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

However, Rio Rancho is in Sandoval County and Sandoval County has at least 919 solar insallations right now. [1]

Solar Power Output in Rio Rancho

The Power of Solar in Rio Rancho, NM

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

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

Solar Output Analysis for Rio Rancho, NM

Solar Radiation Data in Rio Rancho

Rio Rancho (NM) has a average annual solar AC output value of 7345.35 kilowatt hours (AC). [2]

The month with the highest historical solar power output in Rio Rancho is May with an average of 698.23 kWhac, followed by April at 667.83 kWhac and July at 659.24 kWhac. [2]

The three months that historically average the lowest average solar output levels in Rio Rancho (New Mexico) are December with an average of 520.41 kWhac, followed by January with an average of 540.14 kWhac and February at 543.95 kWhac. [2]

Cost of Utilities in Rio Rancho

Rio Rancho Electricity Costs

Electricity prices (residential) in Rio Rancho averaged 12.30 cents per kilowatthour (¢/kWh) in November 2018, which was about 5% less than the overall U.S. average residential electricity rate of 12.95¢/kWh in November. [3]

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Rio Rancho Natural Gas Costs

Natural gas prices (residential) in New Mexico averaged $10.65 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) in October 2018, which was approximately 13% more than the overall U.S. average residential natural gas rate of $9.43 per Mcf in October. [4]

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Solar Businesses in Rio Rancho

Solar Energy Contractors in Rio Rancho

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

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Solar Energy Equipment in Rio Rancho

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

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Energy Conservation Consultants in Rio Rancho

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

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Weather Forecast for Rio Rancho, NM [5]

Tue Feb 19
27°F
Snow
Min: 13°F
Max: 28°F
: 7 mps ENE
Precip.: Chance of Snow
Humidity: 93%
Cloud cover: 92%
Wed Feb 20
21°F
Light Snow
Min: 2°F
Max: 24°F
Moderate breeze: 5 mps NW
Precip.: Chance of Snow
Humidity: 94%
Cloud cover: 0%
Thu Feb 21
24°F
Snow
Min: 11°F
Max: 30°F
Gentle Breeze: 3 mps ESE
Precip.: Chance of Snow
Humidity: 95%
Cloud cover: 76%
Fri Feb 22
36°F
Light Snow
Min: 27°F
Max: 36°F
Strong breeze: 13 mps S
Precip.: Chance of Rain
Humidity: 0%
Cloud cover: 100%
Sat Feb 23
30°F
Sky Is Clear
Min: 12°F
Max: 30°F
Moderate breeze: 7 mps W
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 0%
Cloud cover: 44%
Sun Feb 24
31°F
Snow
Min: 7°F
Max: 31°F
Fresh Breeze: 10 mps W
Precip.: Chance of Snow
Humidity: 0%
Cloud cover: 60%

More about Rio Rancho

About Rio Rancho

The city of Rio Rancho, NM in Sandoval County has an approximate population of 87,521. [6]

Rio Rancho Solar Power

Rio Rancho, NM Solar Energy

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

Did you know?

Nineteen-year-old Edmund Becquerel, a French experimental physicist, discovered the basis of solar energy in 1839.

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