Total Solar Eclipse Could Challenge European Grid

According to a story published by the Guardian, a solar eclipse on Friday could cause the European power grid to suddenly lose up to 35,000 megawatts of capacity from solar generation.  One megawatt of electricity is enough to power about 800 U.S. homes.

While the sudden drop in generation certainly will challenge European grid operators, according to the story, they have prepared for more than a year for the event and are confident the system will cope. European consumers should notice nothing unusual (other than a temporarily darkened sky).

Those of us in North America will not experience any effects of the solar eclipse. It will still be night when the eclipse occurs, so it will be business as usual. Second, Europe currently relies far more heavily on solar energy for electricity generation than in North America and in PJM.

HT: The Guardian

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