A Solar Wall: One Way to Make Mexico Pay

January 6, 2017


PEOTUS unhappy that media is pointing out he is asking Congress/taxpayers to pay for his wall.
Jigar Shah has a modest proposal.

Jigar Shah in Linkedin:

.. lets start with some basics. The average commercial solar panel is 2 meters by 1 meter (actually 77 inches by 39 inches). The border with Mexico is roughly 2,000 miles or about 3,200 kilometers. If you position the solar panels on the wall with one single row with the short side down, you get about 3,200,000 panels or about 1,000 MWs of solar power. According the Washington Post, the wall with Mexico could be 65 feet high (19.8 meters). So you could technically flush mount almost ten (10) solar panels onto the wall, but most likely you would only have five (5) to optimize production per solar panel.


(That) means you could put almost 5,000 MWs of solar panels on the wall. According to PVWatts, the wall would produce over 6,600,000,000 kilowatt-hours. At about six (6) cents per kilowatt-hour (typical cost of electricity from natural gas and coal plants in the USA) the electricity would be worth about $396,000,000 per year. Over the 40 year life of the solar panels, the solar panels would collect over $15,840,000,000 – not counting the tax credits already in place for solar, low cost debt from the North American Development Bank or escalating value of daytime power in Mexico.

That same Washington Post article quoted the President-elect saying that he thought the wall could be built for $12 billion. So if the power were to be sold to the Mexican people – power they desperately need – then the President-elect could actually make good on his promise to say that the Mexican people paid for the wall (as John Carney suggested).  Also with 2,000 miles available, the technology sponsorship models would be endless.  There is so much good technology coming out of the Department of Energy that needs to be commercialized, what better place then at the wall?

Moreover, given that the solar industry alone has created one out of every 80 jobs in the United States since the great recession, this is a project the solar industry is well staffed to happy to help with. The solar industry needs to change the conversation to align with the deep emotional and aspirational narratives that speak to the American public. With the wall, clean energy would feel as all-American, cutting-edge, rugged, reliable, resilient, and tough as fracking. The same American ideals of independence, freedom, self-sufficiency, and opportunity can bring together green advocates and Tea Party stalwarts, labor and entrepreneursmain street and Wall Street.

Independence is the heart of American identity. Clean energy is independence turned into electrons: the application of cunning, sweat, and ingenuity to harness the restless power of the American landscape.

With 75% of all new electricity generation coming from zero-emission sources this year and expect each year for the next four years, the American energy economy is changing, and changing rapidly. Solar energy (and others) is where the growth is happening. Time to tap into the billions of dollars solar can move into infrastructure ($45 billion in 2016 alone).

By rebranding clean energy, we can empower all Americans to work together for a stronger future. It’s time to get down and dirty.

8 Responses to “A Solar Wall: One Way to Make Mexico Pay”

    • dumboldguy Says:

      LOL Actually, although her heart and humor are in the right place here, DOLL gets it a bit wrong. A brief explanation for her and any other foreigners who are not be familiar with North American history.

      This map of “Mexico” is really a map of what is better called “New Spain”, the Spanish colonies in North America. The Republic of Mexico was created in 1824, and by the late 1840’s, France and Great Britain had already carved off large chunks of northern and eastern New Spain and sold or ceded them to the United States. After the Texas Rebellion of 1836 and the Mexican War of 1846-1848, the U.S. grabbed some more land in the southwest and the border between the US and Mexico pretty much assumed its present configuration. WE DID actually pay for a small piece of land along the border (Gadsden Purchase) because we wanted to build a railroad on it

      The Mexicans don’t much care about any wall between our countries, but the idea of the “Reconquista” is still floating around—–if a wall is ever built along the territories many Mexicans consider to be within the “original borders”, it will include most of CA, AZ, NM, NV, UT, and TX.

    • vierotchka Says:

      As my Native American husband (Cherokee, whose great-grandparents survived the Trail of Tears) says,

      • dumboldguy Says:

        Don’t forget that a lot of Mexicans have a lot of Native American blood, so it’s a bit disingenuous for any “white” man to be calling Mexicans illegal immigrants, particularly the large orange POS who is descended from German immigrants named Drumpf. Your husband shares a common ancestry with those Mexicans, particularly since his ancestors were declared “illegal” and deported to OK.

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    This is “smart” on so many levels. Will the Great Orange Dumbness (G.O.D. for short) buy it? It is said that he will take up ANY idea, even dumb ones, if he can be convinced that it was his idea.

    Time to bombard him with tweets, folks—-“Great idea you had to cover the wall with solar panels and make the Mexicans pay for it by buying the electricity. If you keep getting ideas like this, America will be Great Again in no time. You have such a good brain”, etc.

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  3. redskylite Says:

    Great post & comments – and the sort of can do ideas we need at this time in our evolution.

    Today’s news of a super large chunk of ice (that can potentially start the launch of a vast amount of land ice off), hastens the need for thinking grand and out of the box.

    Huge Antarctic iceberg poised to break away.

    In December the speed of the rift went into overdrive, growing by a further 18km in just a couple of weeks. What will become a massive iceberg now hangs on to the shelf by a thread just 20km long.


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