Special Report

States With the Strongest Sunlight

49. Maine
> Annual avg. daily sunlight: 1,944 J/m2
> 10-yr. change in avg. daily sunlight: +7% (22nd largest)
> Avg. daily sunlight compared to sunniest state: 47.9% less

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48. North Dakota
> Annual avg. daily sunlight: 1,987 J/m2
> 10-yr. change in avg. daily sunlight: -1.7% (2nd smallest)
> Avg. daily sunlight compared to sunniest state: 46.7% less

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47. Vermont
> Annual avg. daily sunlight: 2,004 J/m2
> 10-yr. change in avg. daily sunlight: +12.9% (4th largest)
> Avg. daily sunlight compared to sunniest state: 46.2% less

46. Michigan
> Annual avg. daily sunlight: 2,045 J/m2
> 10-yr. change in avg. daily sunlight: +3.3% (15th smallest)
> Avg. daily sunlight compared to sunniest state: 45.1% less

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45. Minnesota
> Annual avg. daily sunlight: 2,076 J/m2
> 10-yr. change in avg. daily sunlight: +3.6% (18th smallest)
> Avg. daily sunlight compared to sunniest state: 44.3% less