Berwick Solar Power Information & Peak Sun Hours
Solar Green Energy Summary for Berwick, Maine
Fixed Tilt Sunlight Hours: 4.1 hours per day
1-Axis Tilt Sunlight Hours: 5.3 hours per day
2-Axis Tilt Sunlight Hours: 6.3 hours per day
When trying to calculate your solar power needs there are a variety of factors to consider. Panel type and location, electricity needs, number of panels needed etc. One key to figuring out the math is factoring in the average peak sunlight hours in a day. Unlike total sunlight hours, peak sunlight hours are only when the sun is strong enough to power your solar panel. Using this number can help determine your needs to power your home or business in Berwick, Maine.
Sunlight hits the earth directly at the equator. This is why the equator has a latitude of zero degrees. The latitude of Berwick is 43.3. Knowing the latitude of Berwick can help you plan for your solar panel setup, as the larger the latitude the more variance you will see throughout the year for total daily sunlight hours.
Throughout the day the sun obviously moves throughout the Berwick sky. The suns position in the sky also changes throughout the year with the seasons. A fixed solar panel does not accommodate for these changes. However, a 1-axis panel rotates and follows the sun’s path during the day. A 2-axis panel both follows the sun’s daily path as well as the seasonal differences
Climate in your geographical region is a major factor that will influence average peak sun hours per year. If you live in a region that does not have a lot of completely sunny days, then cloud coverage will greatly influence solar insolation on any given day. Mountains and trees may also contribute to lower solar insolation if they block the sun from your panels at any given point of the day.
Since we know the latitude of Berwick we can take the average amount of total sunlight hours and estimate that with a fixed solar panel there would be an average of 4.1 peak sun hours per day. 5.3 hours per day with a 1-axis tracking mount that tracks the sun from sunrise to sunset, and 6.3 hours with a 2-axis tracking mount that tracks the sun everywhere in the sky.
Helpful & Interesting
Form 5695 instructions: the 3 steps to claim the solar tax credit Determine if you are eligible for the Federal ITC – make sure you credit for ownership and that federal tax liability are in order Complete IRS Form 5965 to validate your qualification for renewable energy credits Add your renewable energy credit information to your typical form 1040