The Chinese Are Building a Huge Solar Plant in Chernobyl

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The Chinese Are Building a Huge Solar Plant in Chernobyl

Image credits: D. Markosian: One Day in the Life of Chernobyl, VOA News
Image credits: D. Markosian: One Day in the Life of Chernobyl, VOA News

Say what you will about the Chinese, but they are taking climate change very seriously. And even if they are, as a whole, the number one producer of CO2 in the world, per capita the country drops quite a lot. Moreover, they are implementing renewable energy sources on grand scales. And this is why two Chinese companies have started work on a giant solar plant in the abandoned Chernobyl area.

“There will be remarkable social benefits and economic ones as we try to renovate the once damaged area with green and renewable energy,” said Shu Hua, the chairman of GCL System Integration Technology (GCL-SI), one of the firms tasked with the project.

The Chinese have a lot of experience in reconditioning contaminated land and repurposing it for clean energy production, even though Chernobyl is a special project. The reactor will also be fitted with an enormous steel-clad dome, and there is a 2,600 sq. kilometre exclusion zone around it covered in forests and marshlands.

However, the exact location of the new solar power plant has not been revealed, but according to Reuters, the project has already passed some of the preliminary regulation checks.

“Ukraine has passed a law allowing the site to be developed for agriculture and other things, so that means (the radiation) is under control,” said the manager, who did not want to give his name because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

To date, China is at the forefront of green-energy production and implementation. Now, even though green sources of energy make up a small part of their overall power needs, they are striving to become the world’s leader with 43 gigawatts of power as of last year. It is also the leading manufacturer of solar panel components, with 72% of them being made in China.