The President of United States of America, Donald Trump said that he is considering covering his controversial Mexican border wall with solar panels so it ‘pays for itself’. The addition would cover construction costs and provide cheap, renewable energy.
Taking credit for the idea he said, “Pretty good imagination, right? It’s my idea!”
During his Presidential campaign, Mr Trump repeatedly insisted he would force Mexico to pay for the wall. The estimated cost for the same comes to around $21.6 billion (£17 billion). When Thomas Gleason, who submitted the pitch said power could be sold to Mexico and solar panels would ensure the wall could pay for itself.
Talking about the idea, Mr Trump said: “Yes, we will build a wall. We have to stop the drugs from flowing in. The southern border. Lots of sun and lots of heat. We are thinking about building a wall as a solar wall. This way, Mexico will have to pay much less money and that’s good. Think about it, the higher it goes, the more valuable it is!”
In January, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto made a televised address in which he said he ‘lamented’ plans for the barrier and reiterated his country would not pay a single peso. Until now, the US Congress has not committed funding to the project, agreeing only to finance maintenance on existing parts of the border fence. Mr Trump’s plan for a border wall is set to be debated again in October, when Republicans and Democrats begin 2018 budget negotiations.
Despite the President’s claim of having the idea to harness solar energy to the controversial Mexican border wall, a construction proposal submitted to the Department of Homeland Security in April included solar panels which would provide electricity for lighting, sensors and patrol stations along the wall.