With Mexico apparently unwilling to pay for President Donald Trump‘s proposed border wall, and Congress always hard up for cash, a New York architect has come forward with a concept that is meant to pay for itself.
His plan: A 1,000 mile long border wall equipped with solar panels and wind turbines that will generate more than USD 1.2 billion per year in electricity. With an estimated USD 25 billion cost, the wall – pitched as ‘the largest green project of its kind in the world’ – would be paid for in 25 years.
The solar and wind powered wall is the brainchild of Vijay Duggal, a New York architect who has sent the proposal to the White House and members of Congress, including Texas U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady of The Woodlands.
“The border wall project offers a great opportunity not only to resolve border security issues, but also energy and environmental challenges of today,” Duggal wrote in a letter to lawmakers. “It would also provide an opportunity for infrastructure investment spurring job growth.”
His project, comes as the Department of Homeland Security goes out for bids on prototypes for a wall, conceived as a 30-foot-high edifice of concrete for some other hard-to-penetrate material.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, which is overseeing the process, specified that all design concepts must deter illegal entry into the U.S.
But the agency suggested that it’s open to new ideas, “Through the prototyping process, CBP may identify new designs or influences for new designs,” it said.