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Solar Energy in South Dakota

Solar Panels in South Dakota

There are currently at least 16 solar panel installations throughout the state of South Dakota right now.

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Solar Energy Levels in South Dakota

The average monthly solar radiation level in South Dakota's capital city, Pierre, of 4.81 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day) is approximately 29% greater than the average level of 3.73 kWh/m2/day in an area with historically low levels (WA) and is (sorry, data not currently available) the average level of kWh/m2/day in an area with historically high levels (NV). [1]


→ Values listed as 0 (zero) are not available (N/A).
→ South Dakota values listed here are based on the capital, Pierre.

Solar Radiation in South Dakota

Below is a month-by-month comparison of how average South Dakota solar radiation levels compare to average levels in an area with historcially high levels (NV) and one 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).
→ South Dakota values listed here are based on the capital, Pierre.

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Solar Installs in South Dakota

Solar Panel Installations in South Dakota

A look at solar installs in South Dakota. The chart below visualizes install totals for the top five counties in SD vs. the cumulative install total of rest of SD counties combined.

Breakdown of Solar Installs in South Dakota

There are currently at least 16 solar panel installations throughout the state of South Dakota right now. [1]

  • Top Five Solar Install Counties in South Dakota
    • Minnehaha County: 4 solar installs
    • Day County: 2 solar installs
    • Brown County: 2 solar installs
    • Miner County: 1 solar installs
    • Jackson County: 1 solar installs
    • Everywhere Else: 6 solar installs

Note: Install totals presented here are those voluntarily contributed from a variety of sources including solar incentive programs, utilities, installers, and the general public. [1] Data for some states is thinner than others.

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Cost of Utilities in South Dakota

South Dakota Electricity Costs

Residential electricity prices in South Dakota averaged 12.25 cents per kilowatthour (¢/kWh) in May 2017, which was approximately 6% less than the overall U.S. average residential electricity rate of 13.02¢/kWh in May. [2]

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South Dakota Natural Gas Costs

Residential natural gas prices in South Dakota averaged $9.13 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) in May 2017, which was about 31% less than the overall U.S. average residential natural gas rate of $13.21 per Mcf in May. [3]

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More about South Dakota

About South Dakota

South Dakota ranks 44th among all states in the U.S. with a population of approximately 814,180. [4]

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Solar Energy in SD

To learn more about solar energy and solar power in South Dakota, or for additional solar-related resources in SD, visit the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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Solar power is renewable, does not produce any pollutants and is one of the cleanest source of energy.

Cities in South Dakota

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