The solar eclipse later this month will not affect Europe’s grid stability, according to the Solar Trade Association.

Leonie Greene, Head of External Affairs at the Solar Trade Association told Power Engineering International, “The grid is used to dealing with large ups and downs in demand and supply for electricity, and the fact that this event has been predicted well ahead of time will make it even easier.”
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“For any individual solar site the eclipse will only last a few minutes as it moves across Europe and should not affect the stability of the network. And it is important to remember that if anything decentralised power generation like solar, as opposed to big centralised power stations, helps protect the grid from sudden outages and disruption.”

A report from the European Network Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E), released last week, ranked European countries in order of risk of power disruption from the March 20th eclipse, by virtue of their extent of solar penetration.

While ENTSO-E said this week that it has been planning “appropriate countermeasures” for several months and that it aims to “bring the risk of an incident back to the security level equal to that of a standard operating day”, it also cautioned that “the risk of incident cannot be completely ruled out”, and that any such incident could be “serious”.

The group said the eclipse would be “an unprecedented test for Europe’s electricity system”.