Well, that was worth the 99-year wait. As the solar eclipse traversed the United States, the production of solar energy was reduced by thousands of megawatts (MW). That's when our Rush Hour began in the solar eclipse. People across the country used less energy when the power grid needed it the most. And the results were almost as amazing as the eclipse itself.
More than 750,000 Nest thermostats worked together to reduce the energy demand by 700 MW during the eclipse. That's roughly the same amount of power produced by seven peak gas plants. So, together, it's like building a virtual power plant. There will not be another eclipse for a while, but there will be many more peak hours, and your energy provider can even pay you to help. See if your energy provider offers Rush Hour Rewards>
See how Nest & # 39; s Solar Eclipse Rush Hour had an impact on your place of residence:
On August 21, for the first time in 99 years, US residents UU From coast to coast they will experience a total solar eclipse. You have probably heard about how to look safely, where and when you can see the eclipse and how eclipses work. But you may not have heard about the impact the eclipse will have on our energy system.
Solar Eclipse, complies with the Nest Thermostat. With more than 100 million solar panels installed in the USA. UU., Which generate enough electricity for more than 8.7 million homes, the sun has become an important source of electricity. But during the eclipse, the production of solar energy will be reduced. In fact, Bloomberg estimates that the reduction could be up to 9,000 MW, the same amount of energy in approximately 4,000 million AA batteries.
At Nest, we think of these times of high demand in the power grid as peak hours. We all know how frustrating rush hour traffic can be. A trip that should take 10 minutes takes an hour. It's inefficient, it's a waste, and it's not fun when everyone wants to get to the same place at once.
The same can happen with the electricity grid when there is a particularly high demand for energy, such as on hot summer days. Many people need additional energy at the same time. The draw on the grid increases significantly and sometimes extra power plants are required to connect to the Internet to meet that need, often depending on fossil fuels.
That's why we created our Rush Hour Rewards program in 2013. The idea was simple: by partnering with utilities, we could help customers use less energy when everyone else is using more. By precooling or automatically changing the temperature of your home in just a few degrees, your Nest Thermostat can help reduce energy consumption during these peak hours while remaining comfortable. And in the four years since the program began, hundreds of thousands of Nest Thermostat owners have joined the Rush Hour Rewards movement across the country.
Utility companies love the rewards of Rush Hour because they help balance the supply and demand of energy, which saves money and reduces carbon emissions. Customers love it because they are rewarded for using less energy when it is most needed.
The next eclipse represents an opportunity for a special energy rush hour. Instead of being caused by high demand, this rush hour will be the result of a temporary reduction in the supply of clean energy. During the eclipse, as less light reaches the solar panels in the USA. UU., The production of solar energy will decrease, which means that it will be necessary to shoot more power plants to cover the deficit for a short period of time.
Therefore, we are encouraging people across the United States to help offset this drop in energy production by pre-cooling their homes before the eclipse. If you do not have a Nest Thermostat, you can manually adjust the temperature one or two degrees during the eclipse. If you have a Nest thermostat suitable for participating *, we have provided it. This is what you should expect:
Look for a special message on your eligible Nest Thermostat a couple of days before the eclipse. It's just a press to join.
If you join, a few hours before the eclipse arrives in your area, your Nest Thermostat can automatically pre-cool your home so you can save energy during the eclipse. After the eclipse, your thermostat will return to its normal schedule.
Your Nest Thermostat will not allow your home to get too hot. You always have control and you can change the temperature at any time.
Together, we can significantly reduce our energy demand during the eclipse. Then, on August 21, do not forget your protection for the eyes. And do not forget to join the rush hour of Nest Solar Eclipse to help reduce our impact on the network during this rare event.
* Find out if you are eligible to participate.