Thinking about solar in the U.P. may seem counter-intuitive, but look at the results from this local home solar installation:
Rob Minerick, ‘Shopko’ system, 9kW, DIY Project, Online since 2012
Click here to view real time energy produced from this system.
A FEW FACTS
Lake effect precipitation brings significant fog and clouds. However, the solar irradiance in the U.P. is, on average, one category below Hawaii at 4 kWh/m2/day (4 kilowatt-hours per square meter per day) and for five months of the year, parts of the U.P. have fluxes greater than Hawaii. This is due to our high latitude and long summer days.
SOLAR IN THE KEWEENAW PENINSULA
High power costs in our area mean that solar panels are a potential solution to providing alternative and less expensive energy for your home, business, or office. The Midwest, like about 50% of the US, is what solar experts would call ‘moderate’ for exposure to the sun. While this isn’t ideal, the Upper Peninsula has pretty good exposure to the sun’s rays during the spring, summer and fall. Solar panel technology is getting better at producing energy on cloudy and semi-cloudy days, making solar an increasingly better option.
- Solar Calculator from the National Renewable Energy Lab