The Eclipse: A Test for Solar Power Generation

Solar Power Dipped Along Great American Solar Eclipse Path SPACE, August 24, 2017 As the solar eclipse moved from coast to coast, solar-energy generation dropped. The map shows the hottest zones — in dark orange — fading to nothingness as the moon covers the sun overhead, and then slowly coming back as the eclipse concludes. The … Read more

Grid Operators Manage Swings in Solar Generation During the Eclipse

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Grid Operators Manage Solar Eclipse RTO Insider, August 21, 2017 CAISO and other electric grid operators across the country managed large and rapid swings in solar generation output Monday during the first continent-wide total solar eclipse in nearly a century. ISOs and RTOs were well prepared for the event, especially in solar-heavy California where the … Read more

Much-Hyped Eclipse Kinder to Grid than Expected

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Lisa Markowski, ERS, for Zondits Whether last Monday’s solar eclipse lived up to the surrounding hype is a matter of widely varying opinion, but it clearly fell short in terms of predicted power demand. Grid operators and utility spokespeople expected increased electricity demand to fill the gap left by the temporary lack of the sun … Read more

Solar Eclipse Will Significantly Interfere With Power Production in America

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America’s Electrical Grid Prepares For The Shock Of A Total Solar Eclipse Forbes, August 8, 2017 The solar eclipse that will occur on August 21st will have an interesting side effect of shutting off a lot of electricity production in America as it rolls across our ever-increasing number of solar arrays. The shadow from the … Read more