The thing is, the Moon isn't going anywhere anytime soon and the raw materials for building the solar panels are already on the surface. Landing equipment and habitats on the lunar surface will be a piece of cake, relatively speaking. SpaceX should be able to rotate personnel to and from the lunar surface fairly regularly and it should be a lot less perilous than attempting a deep-space rendezvous with a satellite way out between Earth and Mars.
I just think that at some point relatively soon after the technology exists, a solar generating satellite will be a set-it-and-forget-it type thing.
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