In a meeting with Republican leaders, Donald Trump suggested building a border will with Mexico affixed with solar panels, telling lawmakers they can discuss the vision as long as they give him credit for the idea. One person cautioned that the President wasn't presenting the solar-paneled wall as the definite solution. "He's continuing to fight and following through on that promise".
Still, Trump isn't the first to come up with the idea for a "solar border".
Gleason said he believes that farmers on both sides of the border would appreciate the wall, as the energy output would create a "microgrid" that could provide cheap power to remote areas on the border underserved by energy utilities. He is one of more than 100 contractors who have submitted proposals to US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to build the wall.
According to the report, Trump called such a wall, which is meant to prevent people from entering the USA illegally, a "beautiful structure". At 6 cents per kWh, the wall could produce $15.8 billion worth of electricity over the 40-year lifespan of the solar panels.
Surveillance cameras tower above the U.S. -Mexico border fence at Playas de Tijuana in Tijuana, Mexico. The price of installing solar panels has dropped from around $8 per watt in 2009 to $1.50 per watt in 2016, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.
"The revenue from the electricity will pay for the maintenance of the wall and the construction of the wall", Gleason told The Daily News.
As per various reports, a cost of $25 billion will be incurred in construction costs for Trump's 50-foot wall. He said the project could pay for itself in about five years. "There's third-party investors that want to pay for the wall if they do the solar wall, because it's a revenue producer".