Full Moon, Half Moon, Total Eclipse

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So, do you know where you’re going to be for the eclipse? Got your non-counterfeit viewing glasses at the ready? Well you’re not the only one who’s prepared!

It’s been 28 years since the last solar eclipse passed over part of America and since then solar energy has developed a great deal- According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, solar energy has grown by an average of 68 percent per year in the past decade. On August 21st, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. However, not only will North America be able to experience one of the Universe’s wonders, parts of South America, Africa and Europe will also catch a glimpse.

So, the question that seems to be on everyone’s mind is, ‘How will the eclipse affect my solar power?’ The simple answer is: the eclipse will reduce the power of the panels; however this will only be for a couple of hours. Of course, the location of the solar-powered generators greatly affects their performance. For example, the ones in the line of totality (areas where the sun is covered 100% by the moon) will, naturally, be the most affected. Totality will affect 17 utility-scale solar power plants mostly in eastern Oregon, the EIA said. Hundreds of plants, mostly in North Carolina and Georgia, will be at least 90% obscured.

Having said that, although the moon’s passing between the earth and sun will impair the solar energy produced – thanks to the US electric grid operators making arrangements the transmission system functions will be functioning as reliably as possible. Eclipse related black outs are not expected and as operators have known about the event for some time, they are prepared to deploy power from other sources to fill the short fall.

So, while millions of people are glazing up at the sky, 3 grid operators will be watching supply and demand of solar power and making sure the electric system is in check.

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SUN RIGHTS, REVOKED! The solar panels will be denied sunlight for up to 3 minutes!

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Hannah J McSherry
Digital Communications and Social Media Intern

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