Throughout his presidential campaign, Donald Trump insisted on building a wall on the border with Mexico. He even ensured the American people, that they will somehow not pay for it. Now a man from Lake Havasu City, Arizona took it a step further. Businessman and inventor Lynwood Farr wants to build a wall that utilises solar technology. This way, the wall will pay for itself.
The project named “Evergreen Border Protection Wall”, would cost around 10 billion dollars, and would be the biggest the biggest renewable energy project in the world. The wall would be constructed of a series of 22-foot-tall, 25-foot wide sections. The individual sections would consist of 15 solar panels. The panels would be set into steel and aluminium frames. They would be embedded in a concrete foundation that would be 60 inches thick. Also, preliminary designs reveal that the entire structure would actually be at least 100 feet back from the U.S. border. Furthermore, border agents would be able to locate any potential sabotage or malfunction. And if Mexicans would try to build a tunnel under the wall, they would hit “concrete bottom”. In other words, they would find a 60-inch concrete foundation, preventing underground activities.
The extremely high alert security system would be completely self-sufficient, as the solar panels would ensure a 24/7 energy supply for cameras, sensors, lights and other hi-tech surveillance equipment. It would add approximately $300 to $400 million yearly to the border’s energy, and America would even share it with Mexico if they would agree to be responsible for any damage to solar panels on their side of the wall. The company already introduced the project to the White house and has even brought some of the democrats on board. “On a bipartisan standpoint, they think it could fly,” says Farr.