It was a lot of wind turbines of course because there is a great deal of area to cover. And it got me to thinking again on what might be a better solution; certainly one a good deal more easy to introduce, as well as to maintain.
Why not do this:
Suppose you put up a Dirigible Blimp train that was ten miles long. You rigged it so that it could go to the very limits of height for a lighter than air lift craft. You also rig it so that each dirigible blimp unit had a very large roll (on one side) of something flexible, strong, and mostly reflective, putting just beneath the reflective layer, some kind of photo voltaic converter tech.
Suppose you then collected a number of these ten mile long trains sufficient to do the following: You start with two such trains. One flies parallel to the other close enough that securing lines can be brought over from the reflective roll side of the first train to the side of the other that has no roll. And then, train segment by dirigible blimp train segment, the reflective sheets are pull out between each segment. So you then have a nearly ten mile long, reflective oblong, several hundred feet wide. You then continue adding new trains, linking new ten mile oblongs, until you get a nearly ten mile wide flying sheet of reflectivity, and power production. With liquid hydrogen, and fuel cells as a backup, you would then have a flying, power producing, virtual 100 square mile, permanent reflector wherever you wanted it. A permanent platform, I might add that might also support telescopes. radars, weather collection instrumentation, etc.
Something a bit more hopeful to think about as we enter a World In Permanent Crisis Mode.
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