- On Monday, August 21, the United States will experience its first solar eclipse in 99 years.
- And while that shadow will produce a once-in-a-lifetime view for millions of Americans from coast-to-coast it will also wreak just a little bit of havoc on clean energy in California.
- During the eclipse, northern California will see 76% of the sun’s rays blocked by the moon, while southern California will see 62% of the sun’s rays blocked, according to Cal Eclipse.
the eclipse, the site explained, solar power generation in the state
is expected to go from 64% to 83% capacity at the start of the eclipse
to 15% to 37% capacity at its height around 10:22 a.m. and then return
to normal capacity once it is over.
- However, during the eclipse, Bloomberg noted, more than 9,000 megawatts of solar power may go down across the country, which is the equivalent of about nine nuclear reactors and is enough to generate power for about 7 million homes. Steven Greenlee, spokesman for California’s grid operator, told Bloomberg that the state will need to fill a gap of about 6,008 megawatts.
- So to help out solar energy consumers during the height of the eclipse the California Public Utilities Commission is asking all Californians to do one simple thing: Turn off their lights. Read more (7/25/17)