June 7 (Renewables Now) - US President Donald Trump on Tuesday discussed with Republican Congressional leaders the idea of installing solar panels on the wall with Mexico, to help recover the cost of building it, say media reports.
According to a report by the Associated Press (AP) from April, Gleason Partners LLC’s proposed design for the border wall envisaged the installation of photovoltaic (PV) panels to power the lighting, sensors and patrol stations and to sell all the extra electricity, maybe even to Mexico. According to the Las Vegas-based company, the solar arrays could help cover the wall’s cost in no more than 20 years.
Apparently President Trump has liked the idea, but still, Axios reports, this is not the definite solution. The list of companies who will build prototypes may be released this month.
The Us reached 42.4 GW of installed solar capacity in 2016, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) just released statistics showing that in the first four months of 2017, a further 1.4 GW of large-scale solar power plants have started operation.