Chernobyl -- The world's most famous nuclear meltdown is now going to be home to the world's largest solar plant.
On April 26, 1986, a nuclear meltdown caused a 1,600 dead zone because nuclear radiation levels were too high for human health. However, in Ukraine, the ecology minister has determined that Chernobyl's dead exclusion zone might be a good space for a solar plant.
The Ukrainian government is hoping for a 6 month construction schedule. The plant would be 1GW and would be the largest solar power plant, if built. There are several plans for 1GW plants being built around the world, but none have been completed. A big benefit for having the solar plant at the site is that the 4GW transmission lines are still in place from the nuclear reactor.
"The Chernobyl site has really good potential for renewable energy. We already have high-voltage transmission lines that were previously used for the nuclear stations, the land is very cheap and we have many people trained to work at power plants. We have normal European priorities, which means having the best standards with the enironment and clean energy ambitions," said Environment Minister Ostap Semerak.
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