Trump announces he wants border wall to have solar panels

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During President Trump’s flight to Paris Wednesday night, he discussed with the press special features he’d like to see built into the border wall being designed for the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump had two specific requests – he wants to be able to see through the wall, and he wants solar panels attached to it.  He says the energy captured from the panels will help pay for the wall.  Just for good measure, he confirmed, he is not joking about the solar panels.

He also explained why he wants the wall to be see-through.

Below are President Trump’s comments from the interview, which the White House released Thursday:

Reporter’s question: You were joking about solar, right?

Trump: No, not joking, no. There is a chance that we can do a solar wall. We have major companies looking at that. Look, there’s no better place for solar than the Mexico border — the southern border. And there is a very good chance we can do a solar wall, which would actually look good. But there is a very good chance we could do a solar wall.

One of the things with the wall is you need transparency. You have to be able to see through it … you have to have openings because you have to see what’s on the other side of the wall.

And I’ll give you an example. As horrible as it sounds, when they throw the large sacks of drugs over, and if you have people on the other side of the wall, you don’t see them — they hit you on the head with 60 pounds of stuff? It’s over. As cray as that sounds, you need transparency through that wall. But we have some incredible designs.

Business Insider reported that a solar wall would potentially generate approximately 7.28 gigawatt-hours of electricity each day, and power about 220,000 average-size homes per year.

They also estimated that the electricity produced would be worth about $106 million annually – but estimated that adding solar panels to the wall could cost an additional $1.4 billion to $4.2 billion.

Analysts say the solar production could eventually pay for the wall, but predicted it would take “decades.”

The following discussion on Fox News regarding Trump’s solar-panel proposal occured in June.

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