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Power providers prepared for eclipse

Sun’s blackout will reduce solar energy in U.S., but other sources will fill gaps

By JONATHAN J. COOPER The Associated Press

This article was originally published August 21, 2017 at 2:48 a.m. Updated August 21, 2017 at 2:48 a.m.

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Solar tech Joshua Valdez (left) and senior plant manager Tim Wisdom confer after a walk-through of a Pacific Gas and Electric solar plant on Thursday in Vacaville, Calif.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- When the moon passes in front of the sun during today's eclipse, California will lose enough solar energy to power more than 1.5 million homes, a figure that underscores the state's growing reliance on energy from the sun.

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GCW says... August 21, 2017 at 6:23 a.m.

Should be a piece of cake since sunlight diminishes for several hours every day of the year.

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RBear says... August 21, 2017 at 11:54 a.m.

It's off the normal cycles so they have to make grid adjustments. Also, since it's a short term event, they have to deal with the drop and surge on the grid. For a home, that's not a big deal. But for a solar farm, that's a lot of drop and surge.

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