The Chernobyl exclusion zone in the Ukraine is being revived with solar power.
GCL System Integration Technology, a subsidiary of the world’s leading energy group GCL, recently announced the cooperation with China National Complete Engineering Corporation (CCEC) in the Chernobyl PV plant project.
To help rebuild the exclusion zone with solar power thirty years after the Chernobyl accident marks another important move of GCL-SI toward global market.
The 1986 explosion and meltdown in Chernobyl released vast quantities of radiation, contaminating approximately 30km sq of land with fallout.
The Ukrainian Government now aims to give a new renewable life to the exclusion zone.
In October, the country’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources announced the plan to build a PV plant at Chernobyl.
“Its cheap land and abundant sunlight constitute a solid foundation for the project. In addition, the remaining electric transmission facilities are ready for reuse,” said the minister of environment and natural resources Ostap Semerak.
Two Chinese companies will play significant parts in Chernobyl’s revival.
Construction of the 1GW PV plant is expected to begin in 2017.
Once completed, Chernobyl will re-catch the global attention as a revived site of solar energy.
“There will be remarkable social benefits and economical ones as we try to renovate the once damaged area with green and renewable energy,” said GCL-SI chairman Shu Hua.
“We are glad that we are making joint efforts with Ukraine to rebuild the community for the local people.”