Imagine a sea of solar panel arrays built along the nearly 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border.
It’s a concept being pushed by scholars in and poets alike.
Dr. James Ramey serves as a professor at Metropolitan Autonomous University in Mexico.
He’s confident in the idea’s effectiveness and noted a solar panel fence makes more sense economically as well as environmentally versus a 30-foot concrete barrier.
The solar wall would be built on the Mexico side, providing electricity to communities on both side of the border, which includes Tucson and Phoenix.
But will a series of solar panel arrays prevent people from entering the country illegally?
"We think that placing solar arrays there would discourage people from crossing, especially in the most dangerous sections and more surveillance even though it's not a fortress. It's not something that's going to be extremely deleterious to the environment,” Ramey said.
Homero Aridjis is a Mexican poet and environmental activist who’s also pushing for the solar panel border.
He acknowledges the issues with drug trafficking and immigration but noted a solar fence would be more culturally-appropriate.
"The United States cannot afford to separate the United States from the rest of Latin America,” Aridjis said.
Ramey said he’s not profiting from the concept of a solar wall. He doesn’t believe it’s likely the idea will be turned into a physical reality.