Margaret Wente’s argument against the economics of building new wind turbines in Ontario when we already have surplus base load is sound, but doesn’t remotely apply to solar power.

Solar power generation tracks with peak demand, times when we are more likely to be undersupplied and importing power at exorbitant rates. This dramatically magnifies the benefit of solar projects and is what allowed Germany to meet 30 per cent of its power demand on a hot summer workday with just a 4-per-cent solar commitment in their supply mix. Plus, solar doesn’t have the environmental concerns that plague wind.

Peter Goodman, CEO, Solar Power Network

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