22 Aug '17, 9pm

The eclipse was a test, and the solar industry aced it.

The eclipse was a test, and the solar industry aced it. As the United States momentarily plunged into darkness on Tuesday, from California to North Carolina, the electricity grid ran smoothly — despite the loss of a predicted 12,000 megawatts of solar power supplies. “Things went really, really well,” said Eric Schmitt, vice president of California’s grid operator, at a press briefing. Prior to the eclipse, some utilities were worried the temporary dip in solar resources might put strain on the grid. But others saw it a “dress rehearsal” for how the renewable-heavy system of the future might handle such disruptions. As solar and wind resources fluctuate with the weather — as opposed to fossil fuels, which can be burned continuously — it’s important to establish that they can reliably meet America’s energy needs. For reference, solar made up just 1 percent of the electricit...

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