You read it here first: [... or maybe second...]
First, the underlying conditions and needs:
- Many countries, particularly the United States, span several or many time zones.
- Part of a country may be in daylight while other parts are pre-sunrise or post-sunset.
- The sun is always shining on some part of the earth.
- If that solar energy could be delivered to the other parts of the earth not under sunshine at that time, everyone could benefit from "virtually unlimited" electrical power from the sun.
- It will take a huge investment and staggering amounts of international cooperation to achieve this, but we've got to start somewhere.
We need to begin to think of an investment for our nation's future and the success and economic health and well-being of everyone on the planet.
What is needed now is to have the vision to see that a world-wide system would have far-reaching benefits for all countries.
Many challenges must be overcome, similar to those overcome during the planning and construction of an Interstate Highway System, but on a much larger scale:
- Needs assessment and engineering.
- Design of the overall system.
- Phased implementation.
- Aquisition of land and/or access for the power lines' right-of-way.
- Environmental impact considerations.
- and so on...
The need for this kind of solution is nearly self-evident, but it will take a large mind-set shift for people to seriously consider the implementation of it. It will cost huge sums of money. The benefits of power distribution to communities, cities and states and the lowering of costs for everyone is just the start.
Please give it some consideration.
Other Considerations and Ideas...
- All homes and buildings must be allowed to be equipped with appropriately-sized power generation units and linked into the nationwide power grid.
- Covenants and restrictions on "look and feel" must be made flexible to prevent overbearing "aesthetics" from becoming roadblocks.
First rev: 10.23.2007