Engineering and Creativity
One thing I like to do when setting up electrical grids in my colonies, is to put up a "ring" of solar panels, usually 3x...oh, 8-16 or something, (I don't usually count the long side), and then inside the ring I put a row of windmills. I noticed the windmills don't produce as much electricity as the solar panels, so that's why there aren't as many in my colony. On the other hand, it makes a nice aesthetic for electricity ;). The whole setup is surrounded by another "ring" of tunnels to connect them to the colony's electrical grid. Oftentimes, nearby, I'll set up some batteries in a 2x....6-10 grid. It's interesting, but I found I don't need batteries nearly so much as I need solar panels when it comes to alternative energy.
I still use geothermal plants because they can produce the same amount of electricity year-round, the plants prevent toxic gas clouds from spewing out, and the zorium plants produce the most electricity of all.
Nice explanation and good hints.
I must admit I normally set a ring of solar panels around a battery whenever possible, but sometimes my mind wanders off after been hit with a calamity of winter approaching! Then i'm looking to see why the food is so low again. Believe it or not, I have another thing with that darn water supply filling up my storage capacity. I'm thinking to myself hasn't anybody brought a spade or some digger device with them?!
Sometimes life is so funny!!
Often I'll look at the Electricity tab on the bottom of the screen to see how much I'll have in winter-time. If it's gonna be lower than the minimum demand, (and if I have enough nanites) I'll build more electrical grids and power plants and check on it again to see if the colonists will be okay electricity-wise when winter comes.