What blackout? How solar-reliant power grids passed the eclipse test

Posted on: August 23rd, 2017 by rgadmin

In areas where solar energy contributes a large percentage of electricity, it is expected that certain weather patterns or natural phenomena’s such as a solar eclipse will affect the power grid. With Monday’s total solar eclipse in the US, system operators furthered their understanding of production interruptions. Despite the decline in output, it did not cause a major disruption to the network. Luckily, other power plants such as gas-fired and hydro overcompensated for the loss.  We have more work to do with creating resilient networks that operate seamlessly but, being able to avoid a blackout is a step in the right direction.

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