Technology Improvements is happening and the same can be used as temporary shields as well. More Generation can happen from many segment areas as the permanent structures are not present. That is after the time of cultivation the fields can be used to generate the Electricity and in turn the same can have a big effect with the Seashores as well.
It would be good to know how much these cost. While governments should buy them in quantity for disaster relief, the same governments usually use generators for the same purpose now, and purchase price does not include the fuel used to power them. That would be a significant argument to have these, since in disasters fuel is difficult to locate, difficult to transport and expensive.
What I found was that Chicago is rated at 75, which means that it is the second best place in the Midwest to install solar, that Illinois has excellent programs for net metering, and that the payoff time forinstalling your array is 15 1/4 yrs. The value of your home will be increased by solar to the tune of over $3000.00 / kw of panels installed. That by itself would pay easily for the normal-sized array–3-5 kw, granted the 30% tax credits. The payback period already has the number of cloudy days figured in, but it is important to realize that on a cloudy day, the system is still working and saving you electricity costs, just not at 100 %. Meanwhile, the costs of the electricity you currently buy and use are going up steadily in Chicago every year. Solar panels have been less expensive every year, but there is a conceivable limit to that. Illinois has a strong interest in solar production– they have a 25% goal for renewable power production by a date I have forgotten. To me this looks like a much better investment for you in Chicago than you reported. If I were you I’d look into it again.
I happened to hear on the news that it was still raining. At one point I wanted solar panels for my roof but we don’t often have sunlight in the Chicago suburbs in recent years so I’m glad I didn’t spend the money. The panels should cost less and should be buyable in small sets so they should be of use to many of us.