North Carolina Sunlight Hours & Renewable Energy Information

North Carolina Sun Light Hours Map

Quick Green Energy Summary for North Carolina


State Sunlight Rank: 23/50

Average Annual Sunlight Hours: 2600 hours

Clear Days: 109 days per year

Summer Peak Sun Hours: 5.05 hours per day

Winter Peak Sun Hours: 4.00 hours per day

Average Peak Sun Hours : 4.71 hours per day


State Wind Rank : 20/50

Average Annual Wind Speed: 0.07 miles per hour

More Information on North Carolina Green Energy

North Carolina has become a leader in solar energy in the United States, even with average peak sun hours ranking close to the middle compared to all other states. Which goes to show you that peak sun hours, although crucial, are mostly high enough in the US to use solar power as a renewable source of electricity.

North Carolina, native to the venus fly trap, is all native to a few major solar power provider companies. This has helped this state being a hub for solar power production. This is great for a state that has glorious natural beauty and offers great lifestyle options for its citizens as well as an amazing tourism destination within the US. So, keeping this state clean is a huge plus for everyone.

Solar capacity continues to grow in North Carolina with increasing technology, incentives to purchase solar equipment, and state with plenty of sunshine.

Using a yearly average, there are 4.71 daily peak sun hours across the state of North Carolina. This number is calculated for a fixed solar panel.

When planning and trying to understand what impact solar panels can have on your electricity bill it helps to use an average number. Throughout the year the actual daily sunlight hours will fluctuate quite a bit based on weather, clouds and a number of issues and outside variables. Using an average calculation of peak sunlight hours, the best hours for solar insolation, helps drill down what to expect for the year in North Carolina. On a day to day basis expect to see a wide range of output.