Europe braces for unprecedented dip in solar generation during eclipse; US system operators take note
Updated on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 10:33AM by ISO New England
The March 20 eclipse will remove up to 35 GW of solar power from European grids; ISO-NE watching closely as regional PV growth continues
An historic event will unfold overseas in late March. For the first time, operators of large, synchronized electric power systems will have to manage a potentially sizeable loss of generation caused by a solar eclipse. Starting the morning of March 20 at 7:40 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the output from Europe’s solar photovoltaic (PV) systems will drop off—then ramp up again—as the moon blots out the sun’s light in rolling two-hour periods across the area.