August 21st 2017 Eclipse Rumors Debunked

If you have not heard yet there will be a solar eclipse spanning the United States on August 21st arriving first in Oregon and moving east. For many who use off grid solar for their main power source a few questions come up on how this event will effect their power. 

The main question is: Will the solar eclipse effect my solar power

The quick answer to that question is Yes, it will effect your power however only for a short period of time. When the moon is directly in front of the sun you will not gain any power from the sun. During the remainder of partial totality the solar power output will be diminished much like on a cloudy day.  The longest length of totality for this eclipse will be 2 minutes and 40 seconds and the complete eclipse will travel the expanse of the US in approximately an hour and a half. All this to say if you are using 12-volt solar to power your travels and adventures you should not miss out on too much sunlight driven power.  

 

It is important to note the eclipse will impact all solar users differently those who use 12-volt solar to power off grid items will be effected differently than those who rely on solar farms to help power gridded buildings.