Companies pitched topping portions of Trump administration’s planned U.S.-Mexico border wall with solar panels and even storing nuclear waste as a means to pay for its construction.
Companies had until Tuesday to submit bids to build a wall along the U.S.’s nearly 2,000 mile with Mexico. President Donald Trump promised to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it, but a couple contractors proposed alternative ways to fund the wall.
The Associated Press highlighted some of the more interesting border wall bids:
Gleason Partners LLC of Las Vegas proposes solar panels to cover sections of the wall.
The panels would provide electricity for lighting, sensors and patrol stations along the wall. Sales of electricity to utilities could cover the cost of construction in 20 years or less, according to the company. Power could also be sold to Mexico.
“I like the wall to be able to pay for itself,” said managing partner Thomas Gleason.
That’s not all. How about storing spent nuclear fuel in trenches along the wall? AP reports:
Clayton Industries Inc. of Pittsburgh proposes storing nuclear waste along the wall in trenches that are at least 100 feet (30 meters) deep.
Money already collected by the U.S. Department of Energy from people who benefit from nuclear power would help pay for the wall.
The bid includes an option for hardware to convert the nuclear waste to energy.
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