Solar Eclipse could disrupt power in US

Resham Gupta
Last Updated: Jul 14 2017 19:10

SCIENCE- A solar eclipse is set to cause huge power surge in US next month on August 21 as the moon will completely obscure the sun.

The eclipse will cast a shadow along a 70-mile-wide (113-kilometer) corridor stretching from Oregon to South Carolina on Aug. 21.

The eclipse could wipe out the power equivalent to about nine nuclear reactors, thus wiping out enough power generation to supply about 7 million homes. It is expected the eclipse would also trigger spikes in wholesale power prices in US.

As more than 9,000 megawatts of power is generated by massive solar farms and rooftop panels in US, the solar eclipse will trigger huge electricity demand.