Trump floats the idea of building a solar border wall
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 25, 2017,
Jun 25, 2017, 11:30
Bloomberg also noted that analysts were skeptical, saying it could take more than a century for solar panels to generate enough power to cover the cost of the wall.
He had also expressed his confidence that Mexico will "eventually" pay for the border wall.
Taking credit for the concept, Mr Trump told supporters: 'Pretty good imagination, right? We are thinking about building a wall as a solar wall. "Lots of sun, lots of heat", Trump said, according to a Bloomberg report.
"Setting aside the broader question of whether the wall will even be politically realistic, the notion that it will be covered in solar hardware is entirely far-fetched", he said.
And with a construction price tag estimate ranging anywhere from $8 billion to more than $70 billion to build about 1,800 miles of wall, it would probably be cheaper and more effective to simply invest in a beefed-up border security force. A solar wall. It makes sense.
Twenty finalists have been selected to pass through the next stage of building a physical prototype.
According to the latest data from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Colombia have higher homicide rates than Mexico.
Trump appeared to refer to a report released May 9 by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, which concluded that criminal violence in Mexico had reached "a level akin to armed conflict".
Despite Mr. Trump's claim that the solar wall was his idea, sketches and blueprints of a solar wall have circulated online in recent months.
For solar to be economical, there needs to be a buyer in relatively close proximity, said Anya Schoolman, executive director of Community Power Network, a grassroots organization that promotes local and regional solar projects.