Forecasting and planning ‘helps electricity system handle solar eclipse’

Forecasting and planning ensures problem-free operation of an electricity system with high shares of PV generation during a solar eclipse. That’s according to a study from the International Energy Agency […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Forecasting and planning ensures problem-free operation of an electricity system with high shares of PV generation during a solar eclipse.

That’s according to a study from the International Energy Agency Photovoltaic Power System which looked at the impact of the solar eclipse in 2015 in the German electricity system.

It had more than 38GW of solar capacity installed during the eclipse in March last year.

The report states improved forecasting and weather predictions will continue to play a major role in future solar systems.

Above all, the report highlighted the integration of renewable energies into the supply system has already made great progress and understanding the influence of solar eclipse events on electricity systems will increase.

It added: “Situations certainly occur throughout the year with much graver consequences for the network operation than were caused by the solar eclipse. Days with expansive fields of low stratus clouds or with cold fronts could be just as or still more critical for the grid.”