Based on historical Ephrata, 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 Ephrata.
Ephrata has an average monthly Global Horizontal Irradiance (GHI) of 3.97 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day), which is approximately 4% greater than the average monthly Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI) of 3.82 kWh/m2/day. 
Solar installations in Ephrata that are always titled at the latitude of Ephrata (Average Tilt at Latitude or ATaL) average 4.61 kWh/m2/day, or about 16% greater than the average monthly GHI of 3.97 kWh/m2/day and approximately 21% greater than the average monthly DNI of 3.82 kWh/m2/day. 
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 Ephrata
Solar Radiation Data in Ephrata, PA
See the chart below for monthly solar radiation levels in Ephrata.
* Amounts listed in kWh/m2/day (kilowatt hours per square meter per day)
Solar Radiation Analysis for Ephrata, PA
Ephrata, PA has a average annual solar radiation value of 4.52 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day). 
The month with the highest historical solar radition values in Ephrata 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. 
The three months that historically average the lowest average solar radiation levels in Ephrata (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. 
Solar Power Comparison: Ephrata vs. the U.S.
Solar Power Levels in Ephrata
The average monthly solar radiation level in Ephrata, 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). 
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Solar Power: vs. the U.S.
Below is a month-by-month comparison of how average Ephrata solar radiation levels compare to average levels in a city with historcially high levels (NV) and a city with historically low levels (WA). 
→ k/m/d = kWh/m2/day = kilowatt hours per square meter per day.
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We do not currently have data on solar panel installations in the borough of Ephrata, PA at this current time.
However, Ephrata is in Lancaster County and Lancaster County has at least 1,273 solar insallations right now. 
Solar Power Output in Ephrata
The Power of Solar in Ephrata, PA
Monthly AC solar system output averages for Ephrata (pa). Month-by-month solar power, as ranked by AC output, in Ephrata. 
* Amounts listed in kWhac (kilowatt hours (AC))
Solar Output Analysis for Ephrata, PA
Ephrata (PA) has a average annual solar AC output value of 5259.05 kilowatt hours (AC). 
The month with the highest historical solar power output in Ephrata is July with an average of 526.53 kWhac, followed by June at 515.42 kWhac and May at 513.13 kWhac. 
The three months that historically average the lowest average solar output levels in Ephrata (Pennsylvania) are December with an average of 273.46 kWhac, followed by November with an average of 304.37 kWhac and January at 358.06 kWhac. 
Cost of Utilities in Ephrata
Ephrata Electricity Costs
Electricity prices (residential) in Ephrata 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. 
Solar Power Poll: Ephrata
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Ephrata 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. 
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