Solar Eclipse of the Heart
Is that not how the song goes? It’s been rumored that Bonnie Tyler will sing Total Eclipse of the Heart during the Solar Eclipse…
You’ve all heard the rare total solar eclipse is taking place today Monday, August 21st, when the moon will completely block the sun. This is the first time in U.S history that a solar eclipse will be visible only in America and the Times calls it “The Great American Eclipse”.
A partial solar eclipse will begin at 9:05am PST and then the total eclipse will begin at 10:16am and end around 2:44pm EST. Wherever you can see it, the eclipse will typically last only 2 minutes and 40 seconds. (*You must wear the correct eye gear in order to watch the solar eclipse)
What makes it a solar eclipse? The moon passes between the sun and the earth, blocking sunlight for a period (or perhaps the moon just wants to photobomb the sun). The sky won’t be completely darkened, but rather it will look like evening.
What does this mean for solar generation?
Solar panels won’t work when shaded, under snow-cover, or at night. It makes sense that during the total eclipse, solar panels will be affected. Many publications have called solar power the “loser” during the total solar eclipse. But does it all have to be doom and gloom for solar generation? Not necessarily. Yes, solar generation will be affected, BUT only slightly. You shouldn’t see much of a difference in your power generation overall.
So, for a few hours today solar generation might be affected. But the other days until the next solar eclipse should be pretty good!
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