The first solar power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine is presently functioning. Renewable energy creation is being developed as a mechanism to restore dignity and reason for land devastated by the worst accident in the history of energy generation.
The long-term health impacts of the 1986 disaster are just starting to come to light. The solar plant has been based on land within the Chernobyl exclusion zone, a region that reaches up to 30 kilometers in each direction around the former nuclear power station's reactors, which will stay contaminated and abandoned for a long time, as indicated by specialists' calculations.
A one-gigawatt solar power station
The solar power project is being advanced by the Ukrainian government, which enacted legislation to complete energy sector projects in 2016. An ultimate target is to transform the zone surrounding Chernobyl into a power station equipped for creating one gigawatt of electricity, enough to power 100 million LED lights.
Since the introduction of the legislation, a few international companies have expressed their interest in participating in the program. Toward the start of 2017, PV Magazine revealed that discussions were ongoing between Ukraine's government and French energy giant Engie, notwithstanding a feasibility study supported by the French government.
Chernobyl, sunny and modest
The Ukrainian government's project has allure financial specialists and insurance companies' interest. "It is cheap land, and abundant sunlight constitutes a solid foundation for the project," Ostap Semerak, Ukrainian Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources, stated in a meeting with British daily The Guardian.
Numerous large companies have expressed their interest in putting resources into the territory, from Chinese (GCL System Integration Technology Co Ltd. what's more, China National Complete Engineering Corp), French (Engie) to German ones (Enerparc), however many little financial specialists have likewise begun introducing solar farms. The amount of interest is great, particularly considering the difficulties that accompany undertaking a venture in a nuclear contamination zone, where significant security implications become possibly the most important factor.