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Solar: New York

Compare Electricity has developed a solar score for New York to help residents and businesses determine if a solar installation is a viable and cost-effective solution. The solar score is based on a combination of many different factors. New York is slightly less viable for residential solar installations than the national average. The NYC metro receives 4-4.5 kWh of direct sunlight per square mile per day while upstate NY receives 3.5-4 kWh/sq. m/day. Both are slightly below the national average of 4.7 kWh/sq. m/day. However, an estimated 76% of roofs in New York are viable for solar installation which is higher than the national average. In order to be a viable roof, it must be able to hold 2 kW of solar installation and be unobstructed from direct sunlight. The average roof size in New York is slightly below the national average at 405 sq ft. In general, a residential or business solar installation is a viable option for New York residents. For more information of New York's solar score, see the graph below.

Solar Score for New York

New York Solar Score: 46

The Solar Score represents how good of a candidate you are for a home solar installation. We take into account a combination of factors specific to your area. Using these factors, we can determine how long it would take for a home solar installation to pay for itself. has received a solar score of . Below is a description for each area of the graph:

    • Red = “Not Viable” meaning a solar installation would not be cost-effective.
    • Yellow = “Viable” meaning a solar installation would pay for itself over time.
    • Green = “Very Viable” meaning a solar installation would pay for itself quickly and has large savings potential.

Featured Video

At Compare Electricity, we are dedicated to bringing you all the latest videos to keep you informed about New York's energy usage and trends. Here is the latest video of the NY energy Usage. New Yorkers consume a lot of energy. In fact, they are a top 10 energy consuming state in the US. However, New Yorkers are also very energy efficient coming in are the lowest energy consuming state per capita. To learn more amount New York's energy consumption, check out the video below.


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