The general public and the energy minister are badly informed with respect to the value of solar power. Currently, all energy supplied by solar independent power producers (IPPs) falls into a category called “nonfirm” generation. This means it is available only when the sun shines. At night they produce nothing. When this happens demand for electricity has to be covered by “firm” energy sources. Firm generation is that which can be relied upon to produce electricity whenever it is needed, regardless of the time of day or weather conditions.

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