The upcoming solar eclipse is just another one of God’s cool events and many in the United States will enjoy this rarity. However, this event does come with gloom from the very people who’ve told us time and time again that the Sun was the answer to most of our energy needs.
On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will pass over the Pacific Northwest affecting the California solar resources supplying power to the grid. The eclipse is expected to occur from 9:02 a.m. to 11:54 a.m., with the moon obscuring 58 to 76 percent of solar rays, depending on the resource location, and causing a loss of 4,194 megawatts(MW) of California large scale solar electricity. While our utilities and grid operator have all the tools necessary to manage the grid during the eclipse, what if millions of Californians stepped in to allow our hard working sun to take a break, rather than relying on expensive and inefficient natural gas peaking power plants?
So this rare event, an event that will partially obscure sunlight for almost three hours is enough to put the solar-loving populace on alert and the state that’s pushing this “alternative” energy source into that plea to the public to sacrifice: a plea normally blown off by the more affluent.
For everyone else, it’s time to “engage with people”, “come together” and “give the sun a break”….
The ‘Do Your Thing for the Sun’ campaign seeks to engage with people, businesses, organizations and governments across California to take one action during the solar eclipse on August 21 to reduce electricity usage. This will allow California to burn fewer fossil fuels and emit fewer GHG emissions when California’s solar energy production dips during the eclipse. The ‘Do Your Thing for the Sun’ campaign is an effort to engage Californians and demonstrate that when we come together to do one small thing to reduce energy usage, we can have a major impact on our environment. When you Take the Pledge, you are joining a movement of Californians who are taking action during the eclipse to give the sun a break by saving energy and reducing GHG emissions.
— CalEClipse form
And here’s some instructions for the environmentalists who need a tip sheet on what to do for a few hours that day.
How many alternative energy-loving California liberals will actually abide by these suggestions, unplug the smartphone from the charger, turn off the computer (disregard if parents pay for power), use direct sunlight to heat up a Hot Pocket, or blow them off altogether, like most do during Earth Hour?