New York Sunlight Hours & Renewable Energy Information

New York Sun Light Hours Map

Quick Green Energy Summary for New York


State Sunlight Rank: 47/50

Average Annual Sunlight Hours: 200 hours

Clear Days: 63 days per year

Summer Peak Sun Hours: 4.57 hours per day

Winter Peak Sun Hours: 2.29 hours per day

Average Peak Sun Hours : 3.79 hours per day


State Wind Rank : 28/50

Average Annual Wind Speed: 0.05 miles per hour

More Information on New York Green Energy

New York, home to the city that doesn’t sleep, and it’s too bad that the sun doesn’t just stay up all day to and help New York increase is average peak sun hours because it ranks pretty low compared to other states in the country. However, this does not mean that solar power is not a viable substitute in this great state, but there are added challenges when peak sun hours are low. New York is a state of many firsts, so why not be the first state to have all it’s electricity come from renewable energy, it’s not impossible.

New York currently has some of the biggest projects going on the Eastern side of the United States. And installed capacity should increase through the years with better laws and better technology available.

New York City has some of the highest average peak sun hours in the whole state, being located the furthest south and east. One day many project that every building in the city will have some access to solar power, like the treetops in the rainforest the buildings in America’s biggest city will be fighting for the best access to the sun.

Using averages from a fixed solar panel, there are 3.79 hours of peak sun light across the state of New York. This number would vary if you were using a 1-Axis or 2-Axis tilt panel.

Taking the average daily sun light hours works well for looking at long term calculations in your area. On a daily basis this number will fluctuate due to several outside variables. For example, on a cloudy day in the winter this number would be low, but on a sunny day in the summer this number could be much higher. Looking at an average will help you calculate and plan for the output and best hours of solar insolation you can expect from your solar panels in New York throughout the year.