Chernobyl Solar Power: Solar Power Plant Gains a New Life
On Friday, Ukraine launched hundreds of photovoltaic panels at the former Chernobyl power plant. Due to the country needing solar power to give a new life to the world’s worst nuclear disaster.
Around 1 million-euro ($1.2-million) worth one-megawatt plant is located just 100 meters (yards) away from a giant metal dome which seals the remains of the previous nuclear power plant that suffered a catastrophic meltdown in 1986.
The head of Solar Chernobyl, Yevgen Varyagin said at the launch ceremony, “Today we are connecting the station to the power system of Ukraine,” said the owner of a Ukrainian-German company behind the project.
The facility is installed across an area of 1.6 hectares (4 acres) and claims to power a medium-sized village, or about 2,000 households.
Ukrainian authorities have given investors roughly 2,500 hectares to construct solar panels, and besides the cheap land price, the site is also offering connects to a power supply.
Foreign investors are fascinated by the price at which Ukraine will buy the solar power, which exceeds the European average by 50 percent, according to sources.
Ukraine has also stopped buying natural gas from Russia, and aims to diversity electric generation.
Reactor Number Four of the Chernobyl plant which exploded at April 26, 1986 had a fallout which contaminated up to three quarters of Europe, according to some estimates, especially hitting Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus.
After the unfortunate disaster, Soviet authorities evacuated hundreds of thousands of citizens and even now the vast territory, which reaches to over 2,000 square kilometres wide, has remained abandoned.
The other reactors were gradually shut down, and the last reactor closed in the year 2000, which ended industrial activity in, and around the area.
It is said that humans cannot return to live in this area for another 24,000 years, as the area is still contaminated, according to the Ukrainian authorities.