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Saturday July 30, 2016

Chernobyl Could Be Reinvented As A Solar Farm

The Ukrainian government said more than 1,000MW of solar and 400MW of other renewable energy could be generated if the plan to transform Chernobyl comes to fruition. The original plant, which resulted in the world’s worst nuclear accident, had an installed capacity of around 4,000MW.

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In a presentation sent to major banks and seen by the Guardian, 6,000 hectares of "idle" land in Chernobyl’s 1,000 square km exclusion zone, which is considered too dangerous for people to live in or farm, could be turned to solar, biogas and heat and power generation. Pressure has been mounting for years to allow industrial development, but no indication is given of where the solar panels would be located. "There has been a change in the perception of the exclusion zone in Ukraine. Thirty years after the Chernobyl tragedy [it] reveals opportunities for development. A special industrial area is to be created in compliance with all rules and regulations of radiation safety within the exclusion zone," says the presentation.

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