I never thought about this so far, but living with solar energy does come with some risk too. A big risk will be the eclipse of the sun coming up on March 20th, when between 9:30 and 12:00 in the morning here in Germany up to 82 % of the sun will be covered by a shadow. For our energy providers this means that at the beginning energy production will decrease by 12.000 MW, so other power plants will have to jump in quickly to cover that. Continuous energy supply is a must have for many big industries in Germany.
A bigger risk will be the 19.000 MW suddenly streaming into our net some hours later ( when sun shines much more than in the morning ), coming from the 1 million solar collectors availabe in Germany. 19.000 MW, that would be the output of 14 large nuclear plants !
Hopefully weather won’t be too nice at that days, a cloudy sky could help much to mitigate the problem.
After this challenging test the next will come up in 2048, when the next solar eclipse of this magnitude will show up.
Let’s keep fingers crossed. Hopefully it will be like the year 2000 problem where finally nothing serious happened.
Source "Wir sind angespannt": Sonnenfinsternis birgt Blackout-Gefahr" ( heise.de )