Partial solar eclipse passed with flying colours

Today, a minor solar eclipse confronted certain parts of Europe, with the solar PV sector, European TSOs, and grid operators skillfully managing this event, reaffirming the security and reliability of solar. For the first time since 2015 a minor solar eclipse cast partial shadows on Europe, between 10:00 and 13:45 CEST. In most countries these shadows occurred only briefly, for approximately 30 minutes.

Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO of SolarPower Europe commented: “Solar power already passed the 2015 solar eclipse with flying colours and did so once again for the partial solar eclipse on the 10th of June this year, with European TSOs and grid operators reporting a successful response. This exercise further proves that the grid can integrate and manage significant volumes of solar PV and shows strong prospects for a European energy system that is 100% renewable.”

In the context of the 2015 event, ENTSO-E and SolarPower Europe published the joint report ‘ Solar Eclipse: The successful stress test of Europe’s power grid’. In this report, SolarPower Europe and ENTSO-E highlight five ingredients for a successful management of next eclipses: the speedy adoption and implementation of all Network Codes, Regional Security Coordination Initiatives, an active and empowered customer participating in all markets, PV itself offering services to the grid, and finally a reconsidered TSO-DSO interface.

The next solar eclipse will take place on 25 October 2022.

photo credit: Shutterstock / supot phanna

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