Solar Panels On Border Wall-Is This A Doable Option?
President Trump wants to keep his campaign promise of securing our Southern border and one of the ways that he talked about doing this is with a wall.
What would be nice would be that depending where you are building, for example Texas, New Mexico that you use a local solar company for part of the project to help to stimulate the states economy.
Sell The Electricity To Pay For Wall
There are people out there that think that using solar and selling the electricity is a way to pay for the wall, but from all of the data that does not sound like it will work, but lets take a look.
President Donald Trump wants to deliver on one of the central promises of his campaign — building a wall on the Mexican border.
Could the Wall and Solar Pay for Itself?
Gleason said his estimate is predicated on the cost of manufacturing solar panels decreasing over time. 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.
This is what part of the border wall looks like today, so you can see a very different look when compared to the first image:
People around the industry and within the Trump administration are excited that the President is looking at the idea of having solar on the wall. But by most estimates it is not doable. The cost and the amount of power that would be generated is not worth the effort says some.
Business leaders within the renewable-energy sector commended Trump’s decision to seriously consider going solar.
Gleason also said the panels sourced by his firm would be manufactured in the US, whereas a concrete wall would entail shipping “truckloads” of concrete from Mexico, along with the higher maintenance costs.
“Our intent is to offer a realistic, no-nonsense design for the wall that pays for itself that will make everybody happy, including our president,” Gleason said.
What The Wall Would Look Like On Both Sides
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