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How Solar Energy Producers Are Preparing For The Aug. 21 Eclipse

By Brian Spaen

A total solar eclipse will be affecting a line of United States residents throughout the day on Monday, August 21st. While some are making last-minute travel plans to view the first eclipse in five years, solar farms and utility companies are preparing for periods of time with less solar power generation.

Even for places that aren’t dealing with a total blackout, there’s enough blockage from the moon creating less efficiency. Solar panels that can be purchased commercially feature up to 22.5 percent efficient. A number of factors include varying weather, panels not being clean, and unique events like a solar eclipse.

The full eclipse is on a narrow line that begins in North Oregon and arcs downward. It will go through Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, Southern Illinois, Western Kentucky, Tennessee, and South Carolina, In that last area, it will also affect extreme western parts of North Carolina and Northeast Georgia.