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Here's how solar power will handle the eclipse

from MarketWatch

The total solar eclipse on Monday, the first to arch the U.S. coast-to-coast in 99 years, will be a test of how well the country's grid will handle an unprecedented swing in solar-power production. Operators will have to balance a speedy loss of large loads of solar energy as well as the whiplash of that energy coming back to the grid as the eclipse runs its course. Don't reach for a flashlight just yet. The eclipse will obscure the sunlight needed to generate electricity at some 1,900 utility-scale solar-power plants in the country, the Energy Information Administration said this week. more


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