There have been a lot of scare-stories recently about the potential disruption caused by the effect of today’s partial solar eclipse on the production of power from solar panels. And there was a clearly visible dip, as this graph of the production from my solar panels shows:
However note that such a drop is power can also be caused by cloud, as is shown at 12:15. So why all the panic?
Well under normal conditions, cloud cover is patchy, so some parts of the country are clear when others are cloudy, whereas with an eclipse everyone’s power production goes down (causing a power shortage) and then back up at the same time (causing a power surge).
But a lot of thought had gone into preparing for this event, which was something of an experiment, since we have not had an eclipse in Europe this large since 2003, and at that time there were far fewer solar panels. At present Germany is the largest producer of solar power in the world, producing up to 6% of its power needs this way.
So, as far as I can see, the electricity supply was not disrupted today everybody can breathe a little more easily.