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How does solar eclipse affect energy use?

We all know that the solar eclipse can hurt your eyes, but did you know it can also affect energy consumption?

Even though Madison isn't in the direct path of the eclipse, renewable energy instructor Dr. Ken Walz says energy usuage will still be widely affected. 

"At its maximum, the eclipse will block about 85 percent of the light from the sun. This will occur at around 1:15 p.m. and will last nearly 3 hours. So even at this extreme, solar panels in Madison will still be producing some electricity - just a lot less than they would on a clear sky day."

The U.S. Energy Information Administration also provides a very thourough explaination of how the eclipse will affect solar photovoltaic generators.

 

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Scientific Visualization Studio

Smart thermostats are popular because they give homeowners more control over their heating/cooling needs, which helps save money.

 

Published August 18, 2017. Updated August 21, 2017.