Why Countries Desire to Building Massive Solar Plant Projects in Chernobyl Russia
Recently Solar Plant Projects in Chernobyl Russia, the city of Charlotte, North Carolina elected to install a solar farm atop a long abandoned land fill. In many parts of the world, solar panels are covering lakes and reservoirs. Now, two Chinese companies are proposing a $1 billion grid-scale solar farm atop the tortured land around the Soviet nuclear power plant at Chernobyl. Of all the land in the entire world, this may be the least productive and least likely to have any other useful purpose for the next 1,000 years or more.
A subsidiary of Golden Concord Holdings (GLC), one of China’s biggest renewable energy concerns, will supply and install solar panels at the site, while a subsidiary of the state-owned China National Machinery Corporation (Sinomach) will build and run the grid scale solar plant. Solar Plant Projects in Chernobyl Russia, “It is cheap land and abundant sunlight constitutes a solid foundation for the project,” says Ostap Semerak, Ukraine’s minister of environment and natural resources. “In addition, the remaining electric transmission facilities are ready for reuse.”
In a press release “Solar Plant Projects in Chernobyl Russia”, GLC says that work on the proposed 1 gigawatt solar facility will probably start this year. “There will be remarkable social benefits and economical ones as we try to renovate the once-damaged area with green and renewable energy,” says Shu Hua, chairman of the GLC subsidiary. “We are glad that we are making joint efforts with Ukraine to rebuild the community for the local people by building massive solar plant in Chernobyl Russia.”
Radiation from the meltdown at the Chernobyl factory in 1986 reached as far away as the mountains and hills of Wales in the UK and a substantial portion of the radioactive dust released fell on farmlands in Belarus, north of Ukraine. Until now, the exclusion zone, including the town of Pripyat, has been out of bounds for most people, with only limited farming activity permitted on lands that are still regarded as contaminated. Former residents of the area are allowed back only once or twice a year to visit their old homes or to tend their relatives’ graves. However, a growing number of tourists have been visiting the Chernobyl area recently.
There has also been renewed interest in Chernobyl due to recent major engineering work at the former nuclear power plant, but now to build a Solar Plant Projects in Chernobyl Russia. A new steel-clad sarcophagus — described as the largest movable land-based structure ever built — is being wheeled into position over much of the structure to prevent any further leaks of radiation. At this time, Ukrainian officials and executives of the two Chinese companies have not disclosed what plans they have to protect the workers who will construct the new solar facility near the site of the nuclear disaster.
Ecologists who have visited the exclusion zone around Chernobyl say that there is an abundance of wildlife in the area, with substantial populations of elk, deer, wild boar and wolves but other researchers say there is still evidence of contamination in the area. They say that few insects have survived the disaster and that smaller mammals still show signs of radiation damage.
Will a new renewable energy facility make a fitting epitaph to the horror that befell Chernobyl?
Ukraine: 39 groups apply to build solar plants in Chernobyl wasteland.
According to Ukrainian minister for Ecology and Natural Resources Ostap Semerak, Ukraine’s State Agency for Managing the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone had received 39 applications for the allocation of land parcels to build solar power plants in the Chernobyl Zone as of January 1, 2017. At the same time it was announced that the deadline for submitting bids for the 11.7 square kilometer solar PV project was extended until March 1, 2017.
Thirteen international investors are among the 39 groups that “have requested between 20 and 1,000 hectares for Solar Plant Projects in Chernobyl Russia,” Semarak said in an interview with Bloomberg. As early as November 2016, Chinese solar firm GCL System Integration, a subsidiary of GCL-Poly, said in a press release that it would cooperate with China National Complete Engineering Corp on the project in Ukraine, as part of the group’s plan to build an international presence.
Since the world’s worst nuclear disaster in 1986, 2,600 square kilometers of forest and marshland around the Chernobyl reactors has been marked as exclusion zone due to high levels of radiation. In 2016 the Ukrainian government announced the plan to turn the Chernobyl wasteland into a 1 GW solar farm. Shortly after this Ukraine’s parliament adopted a bill that reopens the exclusion zone to business developments.
Ukraine has embraced solar and other renewable technology in recent years, as it seeks to gain energy independence from Russia. The country has a pipeline of 54 projects expected to be installed in 2017.
Author: Carl Johannes Muth