IN THE DARK: Total Solar Eclipse In August May Cause Massive Loss Of Solar Power Across U.S.

Here’s one problem with solar power: on August 21, a solar eclipse will throw a shadow over a 70-mile-wide path crossing from Oregon to South Carolina, that may cause a loss of 9,000 megawatts of solar power, the rough equivalent of nine nuclear reactors.

On Thursday, PJM Interconnection LLC, which supervises the nation’s largest power grid covering parts of the eastern U.S., estimated as much as 2,500 megawatts of solar generation could be lost August 21 between 1:30 p.m. to 3:40 p.m. North Carolina and New Jersey may be especially hard hit.

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