10 June 2021
Solar eclipse has limited impact on Belgian grid
A solar eclipse cast a shadow over large swathes of Europe on 10 June 2021. The generation of solar electricity in Belgium dropped by 15% during the eclipse. As the share of renewable energy in Belgium's energy mix continues to grow, natural phenomena such as solar eclipses and storms can impact Elia’s power grid.
- On Thursday 10 June, a solar eclipse cast a shadow over Belgium between 11:16 a.m. and 1:25 p.m.
- The growing proportion of solar and wind power in the energy mix requires Elia to anticipate the impact of natural phenomena such as eclipses and storms on the power grid.
- The impact of the eclipse on the Belgian grid was minor and the management of the grid was kept perfectly under control.
- Federal Energy Minister Tinne Van der Straeten visited the Elia control centre to learn how it handles unusual situations such as Thursday’s eclipse.