Solar Station on the Moon

Others have proposed setting up a Lunar solar power station. The lunar solar power station would be set up by first launching the raw materials to the moon, constructing the station directly on the moon to reduce costs, and keeping the station on the moon to further keep costs down. Since the moon has no atmosphere, and the oribtal period of the moon keeps it the same side in constant alignment with the Earth, a continous stream of energy from the moon could be beamed to Earth at a lower cost than setting up a space-based solar power installation. Solar panels on the surface of the moon would be quite nearly as effective as space-based solar panels due to the lack of an atmosphere.