In April of 1986, the most catastrophic nuclear accident occurred. You know it as Chernobyl. It caused at least 4,000 deaths by radiation and spread far enough for a 19 mile (30 km) exclusion zone to be deemed necessary. How could something so disastrous ever turn into a positive? We may have a silver lining on our hands.
Two Chinese companies are planning to spend $1 billion on a one gigawatt solar plant on the 2500 hectares of land where Chernobyl used to sit. With the cost of the space being relatively low and there being an ample amount of sunlight hitting the area, it makes it a perfect candidate for the project.
It’s going to bring in both social and economic benefits as the space that was once known for disaster is transformed into a green, renewable area. With it still being a relatively new idea, no exact information on how the building will take place has been released. How safe the area is currently is still up for debate. There has been a substantial amount of wildlife in the area and people have been touring the area more frequently, but there is still a lack of insects in the area and diseases that are being found in small animals.
One thing is for sure though, if a solar plant does come out of Chernobyl it will truly be the Phoenix that rises from the ashes of a once disastrous accident.