Colorado Sunlight Hours & Renewable Energy Information
Quick Green Energy Summary for Colorado
State Sunlight Rank: 19/50
Average Annual Sunlight Hours: 3200 hours
Clear Days: 136 days per year
Summer Peak Sun Hours: 5.72 hours per day
Winter Peak Sun Hours: 4.44 hours per day
Average Peak Sun Hours: 4.87 hours per day
State Wind Rank : 36/50
Average Annual Wind Speed: 8.16 miles per hour
More Information on Colorado Green Energy
Surprising to many who have never been there – because Colorado is often known for it’s snowy mountains – is that Colorado has a great level of peak sun hours for solar power production. There are on average 136 perfectly clear days a year, and plenty more days where solar power production is still possible. One of the advantages of being high in the mountains is that you often get clear skies. Colorado also has very favorable net metering laws, with great incentives for citizens to accept the up front cost for putting a solar system on your home.
With a lot of sunny days a year, Colorado is a very green state and offers great incentives for solar power in homes or companies.
In the Southern part of the state, like near Alamosa Colorado, the peak sun hours is even higher, and is competitive with some of the best areas in the country for solar insolation.