Aug 2, 2016: The 1,600 sq mile exclusion zone, which surrounds the Chernobyl nuclear power station, is all set to reinvent as the world’s biggest solar power plants, according to the Ukrainian government. The solar farm strategies are determined and on a rapid timeline. At present, the government is having talks with two US invest firms and four Canadian energy companies for the set up of the solar power plant, according to industry sources.
1GWh solar power plant
The government is looking forward to build a 1GWh solar power plant within a span of six months. Since other similar solar capacity is already in planning phase elsewhere, it is necessary for the solar farm to be completed within the given timeframe, according to a government official. He further said that the Chernobyl site has extremely great potential for renewable energy.
The Chernobyl site has high-voltage transmission lines that were earlier used for the nuclear power plants and, the land is extremely cheap, In addition, there are a number of trained and skilled people who can work power stations, added the official.
Chernobyl nuclear zone to be world’s largest solar power plant
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is willing to participate in the reinvention of nuclear station into solar farm only if environmental and banking concerns are addressed in a proper manner. By means of a fast track timetable once the solar project commences industry analysts raised an applicable worry about whether labor involved in the renewable construction will be required to wear radiation suits or not.
Following the 1986 Chernobyl meltdown, 31 reactor employees and emergency labors died, and by 2008, a whopping 64 deaths were reported. While about 700 people still live in small villages in the area, which formerly was home to 14,000 people.