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...While it is true that the cost of solar power has been coming down, it is necessary to understand certain aspects of solar power, particularly regarding its impact on the overall cost of power supply, so as to be able to take informed decisions without being carried away by some simplistic facts. A distinctive characteristic of solar power is that it can be generated only during the mid-day hours when the sun is up in the sky. It therefore can’t help in catering to the requirement of electric power during evening hours, when the power demand peaks. As we move towards ‘electricity for all’, the power demand during evening hours would keep on rising, and conventional generating capacity would require continued enhancement, irrespective of the installation of the solar capacity. ...TOI on Dec. 13, 2016, 8:51 p.m.