It’s hot, then it’s cold…
“Combining the strengths of a solar shade and an orbital mirror, and automating them with advanced A.I. programming and sensor arrays, the Soletta is the ultimate tool for regulating a global climate system. Dampening and amplifying solar radiation whenever necessary, the Soletta reacts automatically to maintain the ideal temperature across the entire planet.”
— TerraGenesis Soletta Screen
As its name indicates, the Soletta is a theoretical satellite that would act as a “little sun” and therefore serve to alter the temperature on any given world. In TerraGenesis, it’s one of five satellites you can build in Normal mode (satellites are unavailable on Beginner mode and only two are available in Expert mode). Building it will allow players to manually set the temperature of their world, and the Soletta will raise or lower the heat 10% toward that goal every minute. It can be enabled and disabled at any time by the player to stop temperature changes by the Soletta.
Want to build a Soletta in your TerraGenesis game? Here’s how:
First, you’re going to need to get to a place in your game where you can actually build the Soletta, meaning you’ll need to double check you’ve researched and built the spaceport facility. Assuming you’ve got at least one spaceport constructed, you can now open up the satellites menu from the satellites hex button. From here, choose the Soletta, which will set you back 50,000,000 credits (you’ll get a 50% discount if you choose the Daughters of Gaia as your faction). Build time will take around 36 hours, with factors such as governors and culture affecting the speed of construction. You can also rush building the satellite for Genesis Points.
After it has been built, you’ll need to go in to the satellites menu and manually set your goal temperature. You can do this by either using the slider or by typing in the temperature using the numerical pad. At this point, you’ll need to be mindful of your cities, as changing temperature too quickly can cause flash flooding with devastating consequences. It is not recommended to lower the temperature too quickly on worlds with high pressure, like Venus, nor is it advisable to rapidly increase the heat on worlds with a lot of ice, like Pluto.
The best advice with the Soletta? Make sure your cities are built on the highest points of elevation on your worlds just in case anything happens (good advice with or without the Soletta), then work on reducing the amount of water and pressure on its own. This is critical in worlds with a lot of water locked up in the atmosphere as vapor or on the poles as ice. Once you’re sure you have eliminated excess water, you’re safe to manipulate the temperature at will. Note that the Soletta isn’t enough on its own to melt worlds into lava.
Still lost? Check out this helpful tutorial video from the TerraGenesis developers:
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