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Solar Energy in Columbia, PA

Solar Energy in Columbia

The month of June has the highest historical solar radition values in Columbia with an average of 5.61 kWh/m2/day. [More]

Solar Panels in Columbia

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

Sunrise & Sunset in Columbia

The total length of the day in Columbia, PA today (December 13, 2018) will be 09 hours and 21 minutes. [More]

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Columbia, PA Solar Energy

Solar Power in Columbia, PA

Solar Energy Data in Columbia, PA

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

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


Solar Energy Analysis for Columbia, PA

Solar Radiation Data in Columbia

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

Columbia has an average monthly Global Horizontal Irradiance (GHI) of 3.93 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day), which is approximately 6% greater than the average monthly Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI) of 3.7 kWh/m2/day. [1]

Solar installations in Columbia that are always titled at the latitude of Columbia (Average Tilt at Latitude or ATaL) average 4.56 kWh/m2/day, or about 16% greater than the average monthly GHI of 3.93 kWh/m2/day and approximately 23% greater than the average monthly DNI of 3.7 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 Columbia

Solar Radiation Data in Columbia, PA

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

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

Solar Radiation Analysis for Columbia, PA

Solar Radiation Data in Columbia

Columbia, PA has a average annual solar radiation value of 4.52 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day). [1]

The month with the highest historical solar radition values in Columbia is June with an average of 5.61 kWh/m2/day, followed by July at 5.59 kWh/m2/day and August at 5.32 kWh/m2/day. [1]

The three months that historically average the lowest average solar radiation levels in Columbia (Pennsylvania) are December with an average of 2.57 kWh/m2/day, followed by November with an average of 3.04 kWh/m2/day and January at 3.42 kWh/m2/day. [1]

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

Solar Power Levels in Columbia

The average monthly solar radiation level in Columbia, PA, of 4.52 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day) is approximately 21% greater than the average level of 3.73 kWh/m2/day in a city with historically low levels (WA) and is approximately 32% 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 Columbia 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 Columbia

Sunrise / Sunset in Columbia

  • Sunrise/Sunset for December 13, 2018 [2]
    • Sunrise: 8:19 am
    • Sunset: 5:41 pm
    • Solar Noon: 1:00 pm
    • Length of Day: 09:21
Solar Energy Statistics for Columbia

Best Months for Solar in Columbia

  • Top Solar Power Months Historically [1]
    • Solar Radiation June (5.61 kWh/m2/day)
    • ATaL: July (5.53 kWh/m2/day)
    • DNI: July (4.49 kWh/m2/day)
    • GHI: July (5.94 kWh/m2/day)

* See glossary & definitions above.

Solar Panel Installs in Columbia

We do not currently have data on solar panel installations in the borough of Columbia, PA at this current time.

However, Columbia is in Lancaster County and Lancaster County has at least 1,273 solar insallations right now. [1]

Solar Power Output in Columbia

The Power of Solar in Columbia, PA

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

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

Solar Output Analysis for Columbia, PA

Solar Radiation Data in Columbia

Columbia (PA) has a average annual solar AC output value of 5260.21 kilowatt hours (AC). [2]

The month with the highest historical solar power output in Columbia is July with an average of 527.06 kWhac, followed by June at 515.99 kWhac and May at 513.58 kWhac. [2]

The three months that historically average the lowest average solar output levels in Columbia (Pennsylvania) are December with an average of 273.24 kWhac, followed by November with an average of 304.18 kWhac and January at 357.76 kWhac. [2]

Cost of Utilities in Columbia

Columbia Electricity Costs

Electricity prices (residential) in Columbia averaged 13.76 cents per kilowatthour (¢/kWh) in September 2018, which was about 6% more than the overall U.S. average residential electricity rate of 13.01¢/kWh in September. [3]

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Columbia Natural Gas Costs

Natural gas prices (residential) in Pennsylvania averaged $19.34 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) in September 2018, which was approximately 12% more than the overall U.S. average residential natural gas rate of $17.32 per Mcf in September. [4]

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Solar Businesses in Columbia

Solar Energy Contractors in Columbia

Contractors & builders that specialize in solar panel installations in or near Columbia, PA.

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Solar Energy Equipment in Columbia

Businesses that sell solar energy equipment and/or solar parts in or near Columbia, PA.

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Energy Conservation Consultants in Columbia

Energy conservation specialists that offer consulting services in or near Columbia, PA.

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Weather Forecast for Columbia, PA [5]

Thu Dec 13
45°F
Light Snow
Min: 26°F
Max: 45°F
Moderate breeze: 7 mps SE
Precip.: Chance of Snow
Humidity: 74%
Cloud cover: 24%
Fri Dec 14
47°F
Moderate Rain
Min: 23°F
Max: 47°F
Gentle Breeze: 4 mps SSE
Precip.: Chance of Rain
Humidity: 80%
Cloud cover: 68%
Sat Dec 15
45°F
Moderate Rain
Min: 38°F
Max: 45°F
Fresh Breeze: 9 mps NE
Precip.: Chance of Rain
Humidity: 91%
Cloud cover: 92%
Sun Dec 16
40°F
Sky Is Clear
Min: 20°F
Max: 40°F
Moderate breeze: 7 mps ENE
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 0%
Cloud cover: 0%
Mon Dec 17
40°F
Light Rain
Min: 18°F
Max: 40°F
Gentle Breeze: 4 mps W
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 0%
Cloud cover: 66%
Tue Dec 18
38°F
Sky Is Clear
Min: 17°F
Max: 38°F
Strong breeze: 11 mps NNW
Precip.: n/a
Humidity: 0%
Cloud cover: 0%

More about Columbia

About Columbia

The borough of Columbia, PA in Lancaster County has an approximate population of 10,400. [6]

Columbia Solar Power

Columbia, PA Solar Energy

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

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