Conserve Energy During the Total Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017
On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will pass over the Pacific Northwest affecting the California solar resources supplying power to the grid. The eclipse is expected to occur from 9:02 a.m. to 11:54 a.m., with the moon obscuring 58 to 76 percent of solar rays, depending on the resource location, and causing a loss of 4,194 megawatts(MW) of California large scale solar electricity. While our utilities and grid operator have all the tools necessary to manage the grid during the eclipse, what if millions of Californians stepped in to allow our hard working sun to take a break, rather than relying on expensive and inefficient natural gas peaking power plants?
By plugging into the power of California’s citizens and unplugging from the grid, we can have cleaner air, keep our system reliable, and send a message to the rest of the country that we can do all of that without being forced to rely on fossil fuels as the only foundation of our electricity. So on August 21, let's all get together and pledge to do what we can to reduce our energy consumption and give our hard-working sun a break.
For more information, visit caleclipse.org.