Overview

The publicly and privately-owned solar panels throughout Cambridge generate pollution-free electricity using a source that is in endless supply- the sun. Here we are looking at solar electricity generation capacity, which is the maximum amount of electrical power that could be produced by all of the solar panels in Cambridge under perfect conditions. Solar is growing in Cambridge and there is still a lot of untapped potential.

Cambridge has established a goal for solar installations which includes 60 MW by 2020 and 160 MW by 2040.

kW

Kilowatts

The output of electricity generated by rooftop solar is measured in kilowatts (kW). A kilowatt is one thousand watts which would power 16 of the 60 watt incandescent lightbulbs found in your home at once.

Our Data & Goals
  • 788

    kW

    2008

    Baseline
  • 4,443

    kW

    2016

  • 60,000

    kW

    2020

    Short Term Goal
  • 160,000

    kW

    2050

    Long Term Goal
Our Data & Goals
2008

Baseline

788

kW
2016

4,443

kW
2020

Short Term Goal

60,000

kW
2050

Long Term Goal

160,000

kW
Charts & Graphs

What This Graph Shows Us

This graph shows how the total kWs of solar in Cambridge has increased significantly over the past 20 years. There is still a long way to go to reach our short and long term goals.

View Our Sources Here

  • As of the end of 2016, there were more than 450 public and private installations throughout Cambridge. You can view the locations of these installations here.

  • Did you know? 1 MW of solar energy can power 164 homes

How You Can Help

  • See if solar makes sense for you

    The City of Cambridge has developed a solar map that allows you to see the potential for roof top solar on every building in the city. Check it out today and see if your residence or business is a good candidate for solar!

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  • Ready to go solar?

    Sunny Cambridge is the city-wide initiative that makes it easy for all types of residents and businesses to get solar power on their roofs. Cambridge has lined up local solar installers through the EnergySage Solar Marketplace, which helps you request, receive and compare solar quotes 100% online with support available every step of the way.

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