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Old 07-19-2012, 05:22 AM
 
Location: Yorkshire, England
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We could add an extra twist to this and ask which city gets the least solar radiation over the year. Torshavn I think would still lead if we're including smaller places, but as the major cities go the Chinese top three may be gloomier in absolute sun hours , but Glasgow at 56N has an extra 25-30 degrees latitude on them meaning that the total sun exposure over the year (I reckon Glasgow would have about five months when the sun is too weak to reallly notice it at all) would presumably be less, so if we're talking about which city would be the worst place for solar power Glasgow might be it. (Though near where my family live, no more than about 20 miles from superdull Bradford some houses actually do have solar panels)
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Old 07-19-2012, 06:00 AM
 
Location: Kowaniec, Nowy Targ, Podhale. 666 m n.p.m.
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We could add an extra twist to this and ask which city gets the least solar radiation over the year. Torshavn I think would still lead if we're including smaller places, but as the major cities go the Chinese top three may be gloomier in absolute sun hours , but Glasgow at 56N has an extra 25-30 degrees latitude on them meaning that the total sun exposure over the year (I reckon Glasgow would have about five months when the sun is too weak to reallly notice it at all) would presumably be less, so if we're talking about which city would be the worst place for solar power Glasgow might be it. (Though near where my family live, no more than about 20 miles from superdull Bradford some houses actually do have solar panels)
Or even more extreme, Germany is the world leader in solar power, while 2/3rds of the country have sunshine totals (1350-1600 hours) lower than Poland (1400-1700), on average 200-300 hours less than Netherlands (1550-1850) and more or less in a tie with inland England, or sunnier parts of Scotland...
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Old 07-19-2012, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Melbourne AUS
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We could add an extra twist to this and ask which city gets the least solar radiation over the year. Torshavn I think would still lead if we're including smaller places, but as the major cities go the Chinese top three may be gloomier in absolute sun hours , but Glasgow at 56N has an extra 25-30 degrees latitude on them meaning that the total sun exposure over the year (I reckon Glasgow would have about five months when the sun is too weak to reallly notice it at all) would presumably be less, so if we're talking about which city would be the worst place for solar power Glasgow might be it. (Though near where my family live, no more than about 20 miles from superdull Bradford some houses actually do have solar panels)
The BOM has a good map showing monthly and annual solar radiation for Australia.

Guess which city recieves the LEAST:
Australian Climate Averages - Solar exposure
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:02 AM
 
Location: London, UK
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Guess which city recieves the LEAST:
Hobart?
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Melbourne AUS
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Hobart?
Balls. Guess again
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Old 07-19-2012, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
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I think there are many equatorial climates that can compete with the gloomy higher latitude climates.

I can't vouch for the accuracy of this data, but Cabinda (pop. over 300k) on the NW coast of Angola has around 1300 hrs (despite being relatively dry): Cabinda Climate Guide, Angola | World Climate Guide

The cloudiest period seems to coincide with the dry season, so I guess it's similar to Lima with coastal fog.
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Old 07-19-2012, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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Balls. Guess again
Defo looks like Hobart to me.. looking closely, downtown Melbourne and parts of western Melbourne are located in the green shade.
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Old 07-19-2012, 09:03 PM
 
Location: In transition
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Not a major city but Prince Rupert,BC has only 1229 hours a year.

Prince Rupert, British Columbia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 07-19-2012, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Buenos Aires and La Plata, ARG
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Bilbao,Spain: 1584 hours.
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Old 07-20-2012, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Buenos Aires and La Plata, ARG
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Bogot√°,Colombia 1625 hours.
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