United States of America (US) President Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested that the proposed wall around Mexican border can be covered with solar panels, Axion.com reported. As per the report, Trump, who has always been critical of solar energy, floated the idea to lawmakers at a Tuesday meeting at the White House. He even asked the lawmakers to give him credit if they discussed it publicly, the report said. “The president is committed to building the wall and securing the border and I commend him for it. He’s continuing to fight and following through on that promise. One idea he is looking at is a wall that would actually function as a solar panel to ultimately pay for itself,” House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), was quoted as saying by The Hill, after he met with Trump at the White House. The Axion, quoting ‘3 people with direct knowledge’ of the meeting, said that Trump floated the idea as a measure to cover the cost of the multi-billion dollar wall. The president further said that his vision to build 40 feet to 50 feet high wall, and cover it with solar panel will make into a “beautiful structure”.
The President further added that most walls which are built are 14 feet or 15 feet tall. However, this wall, he said, would be nothing like those walls. One of the people of who spoke to the Axion cautioned that Trump’s idea wasn’t the final one for the solution. Trump’s idea might have come from the chunk of the submissions made to the government when the US requested designs earlier this year. Names of contract winning companies tasked to build prototypes may be announced this month.
As per various reports, a cost of $25 billion will be incurred in construction costs for Trump’s 50-foot wall. Earlier this year, The Financial Times analysed Trump’s idea, and concluded that it’s a “non-starter,” a “complete waste of time,” and “nonsense.”