Diamondville Solar Power Information & Peak Sun Hours
Solar Green Energy Summary for Diamondville, Wyoming
Fixed Tilt Sunlight Hours: 6.9 hours per day
1-Axis Tilt Sunlight Hours: 7 hours per day
2-Axis Tilt Sunlight Hours: 7.2 hours per day
Looking at the average peak sunlight hours in Diamondville is a valuable number for determining your solar power setup. Peak sunlight hours are only the hours a day in which the sunlight is strong enough for the solar panels to do their job. Not every hour of sunlight was created equal. For example, solar panels do not provide much use during early sunrise and sunset, and therefore you should not look at total hours of sunlight in a day, but instead focus on peak sunlight hours. Using this number will provide a much better estimate of your needs for setting up panels in Diamondville, Wyoming.
Sunlight hits the earth directly at the equator. This is why the equator has a latitude of zero degrees. The latitude of Diamondville is 41.8. Knowing the latitude of Diamondville 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 Diamondville 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
The sun is a great ball of gas that rises and sets every day that the earth rotates while in orbit around the sun. Barring any major disasters this is a very predictable occurance every day. Latitude helps predict this even more, narrowing it down to the minute for sunrise and sunset. But some things aren’t as predictable that will greatly influence the efficiency of solar panels. Weather and cloud coverage for example can greatly diminish peak sun hours on any given day. Thick storm clouds will block a high percentage of the sun's rays, resulting in lower output of your solar panels. Weather needs to be factored into deciding when to use your system, or how much output one expects to get.
Since we know the latitude of Diamondville we can take the average amount of total sunlight hours and estimate that with a fixed solar panel there would be an average of 6.9 peak sun hours per day. 7 hours per day with a 1-axis tracking mount that tracks the sun from sunrise to sunset, and 7.2 hours with a 2-axis tracking mount that tracks the sun everywhere in the sky.