Solar in Malaysia — challenges, and too much of a good thing?


Dateline 2021-04-11, The Edge:

Solar enthusiasts are jumping on the bandwagon to promote the renewable energy (RE) source, harping that it is freely available and more cost-effective.

But is this true? And is too much solar a good thing? Let’s explore this further.

Solar is available only during the day, thus you still need to cater for energy during the night. This will normally be provided by other conventional plants (i.e. coal, gas, and hydro). This means that conventional plants are still needed even though solar is introduced into the system.

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