Chernobyl's transformation into a massive solar plant is almost complete - “The new solar plant covers some 16,000 square metres (3.95 acres) and is fitted with 3,800 photovoltaic panels to convert sunlight into electricity.”

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14 Jan 2018 17:55 - +1054
That is a fantastic idea. Good on them for finding a positive way to use that space
14 Jan 2018 18:30 - +333
It's surreal Chernobyl is still a thing, I remember I wasn't allowed to play in my sandpit because of the nuclear fallout
14 Jan 2018 18:30 - +226
"Massive" solar plant built at Chernobyl, cool let's see how much power it produces.... 1MW...... What??
14 Jan 2018 19:22 - +174
I'm glad they're optimizing the zone. When visiting Chernobyl last winter the guide told us that they're planning on restoring the biggest hotel in the city of Pripyat. The guide assumed the idea was crazy but the authorities are now working on it. I really wonder about the outcome.
14 Jan 2018 17:50 - +54
That makes a lot of sense. We can’t exactly use the space anyway. I do wonder if Chernobyl gets enough sunlight though. I have no idea what latitude it is on.
14 Jan 2018 20:14 - +40
Looks like they're blaming the dangers of nuclear power for a incident that was a result of doing something incredibly stupid.
14 Jan 2018 20:55 - +37
Just do that 3999 more times and they'll produce as much as Chernobyl's original nuclear plant. When the sun shines.
14 Jan 2018 17:55 - +18
Thus gilding the warthog. Talk about tokenism: four acres in northern latitudes. Until its unpleasantness with Russia, the Ukraine was an immense gas importer and trans-shipper. In 2014 total electricity production was 183 TWh, of which 8 TWh was exported to Europe; 88 TWh from nuclear, 71 TWh from coal, 13 TWh from natural gas, and 9 TWh from hydroelectricity. Chinese companies have, for some reason, invested in the Chernobyl plant, presumably to earn karma and get rid of their over-supply of solar panels.
14 Jan 2018 18:43 - +9
i see why there is a sea of solar farm in blade runner
14 Jan 2018 19:33 - +9
I wonder if radiation can be used to generate electricity. Does it matter what wavelength the light is to produce electricity?
14 Jan 2018 18:37 - +8
Tangentially related I donated to them, poor lil dogs. Apparently the government told people they'd be allowed home soon after evacuation and to leave their pets but in reality weren't allowed back
14 Jan 2018 19:40 - +2
I thought this article was silly because how much open land they have all around Chernobyl they have. Then I read that the Solar panels are facing down.
14 Jan 2018 22:29 - +1
Interestingly enough they don't specify how much power this can put out but it does say they recently completed one nearby rated at 4.2 megawatts. Just for comparison, the original Chernobyl plant put out 4000 megawatts. With our current tech, consider how many solar panels would be needed to put out that much. Nuclear power is the future IMO.
14 Jan 2018 21:14 - +1
Um, yeah that's really nice but 4 acres is not even big solar installation these days let alone "massive".
14 Jan 2018 22:03 - +1
What'll be the ultimate difference in power generation between nuclear Chernobyl and solar?
14 Jan 2018 22:14 - +1
4 acres is not large at all guys ... "massive" seems a bit of an overstatement
14 Jan 2018 21:34 - +1
>transformation into a massive solar plant Seems fitting. The accident damned near transfomed it into a sun.
14 Jan 2018 22:24 - +1
Any information on how much this cost for the solar farm? Or does anyone know how much a solar farm typically costs per square foot? or per acre?
14 Jan 2018 22:13 - +1
I thought this article was silly because how much open land they have all around Chernobyl they have. Then I read that the Solar panels are facing down.
14 Jan 2018 21:19 - +1
Is 1MW anything more than symbolic? A single wind turbine produces at least twice that. I know it's not nothing, but still.
14 Jan 2018 22:15 - +1
Holy shit thats genius. Ive always thought the place was gone for good, until a dude figures a way to use all that land. If everyone thinks the same way, we might have very safe planes but no one ever invented the parachute.
14 Jan 2018 22:01 - +1
So the title makes it sound like the solar plant is really huge. It's not, 3,800 panels really is not much. It us super cool that this is happening there. But it's just a small solar plant. Source: I work for a solar company.

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