Eclipse to interrupt solar power production

Eclipse to interrupt solar power production

When the eclipse arrives on Aug. 21, a lot of utility-scale arrays will have nothing to do for three minutes

August 7, 2017
Updated: August 7, 2017 9:59pm


The Aug. 21 solar eclipse that will be visible across a swath of the United States from Oregon to South Carolina will reduce electricity production at about 1,900 utility-scale solar arrays, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Solar panels in the eclipse’s so-called path of totality – where the sun will be totally eclipsed by the moon – will be affected the most, with direct sunlight disappearing for three minutes. The loss of the solar power is not expected to harm grid reliability, the Energy Department said.

There are 17 utility-scale solar arrays in the path of the total solar eclipse, most of them in Oregon. Sunlight shining on solar panels in North Carolina and Georgia will be about 90 percent obscured.

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