Impact of total solar eclipse on solar grids

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Solar grids across the country were affected because of the eclipse. At Bismarck State College their small scale Photovoltaic System saw an impact.

The power that's used to generate the whole campus at BSC wasn't at its peak due to the eclipse. So the campus had to use other power sources to make up for the loss in the Solar Grid.

As the moon moved over the sun, the solar electricity that's used to power the campus went down. Solar-power generators centered in the path of totality were affected the most.

"It's kind of neat to be able to see what the impact of the eclipse is going to be on how power is generated today in our country," said Retha Mattern, coordinator.

The data BSC recovered during today's eclipse will help people figure out what power generation to use if something like this happens again.