Chernobyl Has a New Power Plant, But This Time It's Solar

03 Dec, 2018

Since 2000, the power plant at Chernobyl has been inactive. Even after the infamous meltdown in 1986, the other nuclear reactors at the facility continued operating until the turn of the century. But for 18 years, Chernobyl has been nothing but an abandoned wasteland. A newly-completed project changes that, however, and thanks to 3,800 installed solar panels Chernobyl can supply Ukraine with power once more.

Two years ago a handful of companies proposed a solar farm in Chernobyl. On paper it makes sense: the land isn’t being used for anything else, and most of the infrastructure to carry power is still in place from the nuclear plant. All a company would have to do is hook solar panels up to the new power grid to harness its full potential.

The farm itself cost around $1.2 million and supplies 1 megawatt of power to the country, or enough electricity for about 2,000 homes. Eventually, the plan is to produce around 100 megawatts at the site.

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