10 Aug '17, 2pm

How the Coming Solar Eclipse Will Cast Its Shadow Across the U.S. Solar Fleet

How the Coming Solar Eclipse Will Cast Its Shadow Across the U.S. Solar Fleet

Want to know how the coming solar eclipse will affect your local solar farm? The U.S. Energy Information Administration has the data. The solar eclipse coming on August 21 will cast a pathway of shadow across the United States, with the moon shading at least half of the sunlight reaching Earth across all 48 continental states. A path of “totality,” or complete obscuration, will stretch from Oregon to South Carolina. In this pathway lie about 1,900 utility-scale solar PV power plants, generating more than 20,000 megawatts of energy at peak generation, according to the EIA’s Today in Energy note published this week. While only a few lie in the path of totality, nearly all will lose at least some of their sunlight for several hours through the course of the day. But as we’ve reported in the run-up to this astronomical event, the grid operators responsible for keeping electric...

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