With a near-total solar eclipse arriving Aug. 21, the Public Utilities Commission asked Californians to reduce electricity consumption. Solar accounts for about 9 percent of the power fed into the state’s main transmission grid.
Solar panels have become a prominent feature of California’s landscape, sprouting from rooftops, parking lots and farm fields as badges of the state’s commitment to renewable energy.
But what happens when the sun goes dark on a hot summer day? Californians could find out in August.