“Our engineers have studied how we manage that drop in power,” said Randy Wheeless, with Duke Energy.
Losing the sun for that moment will be costly for the company, he said.
“About 1,500 megawatts, which is about two gas power plants,” Wheeless said. “So a lot of drop-off quickly, and then it will ramp back up.”
Duke Energy engineers have been working on their plan to transfer power from other areas to avoid an interruption.
Wheeless said North Carolina is second in the country, behind California, when it comes to solar energy production.