What Makes Hawaii Ideal For Solar Energy?


Hawaii is Experiencing an Energy Revolution

Hello, dear reader, and welcome back to our blog! At Sunetric, we have been helping people make the switch to solar since 1978 and, in this time, we feel that we have developed a team of people that are truly dedicated to bringing the United States into the solar age. In our decades of providing this service, we truly believe that Hawaii offers one of the best climates, both in the literal sense and the figurative sense, for solar energy production. In the first of a two-part blog series, we are going to look at some of the factors that contribute to Hawaii’s solar environment and how these factors influence solar energy production on the islands. Continue reading below to learn more.

Many Factors Influence the Viability of Solar Energy

When trying to determine whether or not an area of the country has the potential to take advantage of solar energy production, many factors have to be taken into account. These factors, which tend to be a combination of geographical, economic, and social variables, can have a large effect on the amount of time, energy, and resources are put towards installing solar infrastructure. Below, we have listed a few of the factors that Hawaii displays that, in our opinion, make it a state with a high potential to take advantage of solar energy production.

  • Climate: In order to get the most out of a solar array, it must be placed in an area that receives a large amount of sunlight for the majority of the year. Without consistent sun exposure, solar arrays are unable to make a useable amount of energy, rendering them almost useless. For this reason, focussing on states that have more sunny days than cloudy days is very important in determining whether or not a state is a good candidate for solar energy production. Hawaii, as a whole, experiences some of the sunniest weather of any state, with an average of almost 240 days of sunlight between the four main islands. Additionally, even though Hawaii is considered a tropical climate, the average daytime temperature in the summer hovers around 85℉ and the average daytime temperature in winter stays around 78℉. Because the temperatures stay relatively mild, solar panels are able to run more efficiently.
  • Location: Another factor that greatly influences whether or not a state is a good candidate for solar energy production is its location. While Hawaii’s location definitely plays a role in its viability as a solar state, it may be for a different reason than is first assumed. Tropical areas are typically excellent locations for solar arrays, however, Hawaii’s isolation is what really make solar energy such an important form of energy production for the islands. On average, residents of Hawaii pay three times more for energy than people who live in mainland America, with current projections showing that this price discrepancy will only rise in the coming years. Solar energy is a way for the islands to find energy independence and reduce electricity prices for the people who call Hawaii home.

Join us again next time as we continue to cover some more factors that, when combined, make Hawaii such an ideal place for homeowners and business alike to take advantage of solar energy production. If you are already convinced that solar is the right choice for you, please visit our website today to learn more about the products and services that we offer. For decades, we helped people make the switch to clean, renewable solar energy and we are certain that we can develop a solution that will allow you to decrease your dependence on traditional energy sources.