Solar energy cycles may cause an overload during peak load times
Solar energy has become more than a trend or movement; with global government support, it has become a viable means to cut energy costs and migrate to a green lifestyle for hundreds of millions worldwide. Part of the attraction is the capability to earn energy credit from utility companies by feeding power back into the grid. But can this present a threat to the grid? Perhaps not yet in the U.S., but in Germany the threat is looming.
According to the Berliner Zeitung, the head of Germany’s energy agency DENA is warning that there is a significant danger that solar power, could crash Gemany’s ageing electricity grid.
The problem is the amount of electricity produced by solar panels varies due to time of day, time of year, location, and cloud cover. They are most effective during daylight hours. However, that is when demand for electricity is lowest.