As Minnesotans try to catch a glimpse of this afternoon’s partial solar eclipse, Xcel Energy is assuring customers electric service will *not* be affected, even though some power on the utility’s grid comes from solar arrays. Xcel’s Matt Lindstrom says, “What we’ll see with this eclipse is similar to what happens on a cloudy afternoon. And what’s good about this eclipse is that we know exactly when and where it’s gonna happen, and so that way we can plug into many of our other energy sources.”
Only about one percent of Xcel’s electricity comes from solar, but Lindstrom says that will grow in coming years. About 15 percent currently comes from wind. Xcel says in Minnesota it has about 880-thousand solar panels tracking the sun at seven large plants.
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