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Profiles in Solar – Chernobyl's Solar Farm

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To start the new year off, we here at PosiGen are going to be featuring a different piece about solar each week. It could be a person, location, or event.

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In 1986, the Chernobyl disaster struck and the world witnessed the potential consequences of nuclear power. The devastation of the infamous nuclear reactor and the surrounding land as massive amounts of radioactive material was released caused the evacuation of the surrounding area. For over 30 years the space has remained untouched and uninhabitable.

Today, however, work is soon to be completed on a solar farm located on that very same site. The intention is to put the tainted land to good use with panels producing power in an area no man can go.

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The one gigawatt set up should produce enough power for the entirety of a small village, and could be the first of many solar installs on the land as proposals are being submitted to the Ukrainian government.

While the land will remain hostile to human life for thousands of years, the space can at least be used for a positive application – with solar farms on site creating energy. This creative solution to the hazardous space shows solar can be adaptable while providing a source of clean energy.
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Ciaccia, Chris. “Chernobyl is Getting a New Lease on Life – Thanks to Solar Power.” Fox News. N.p., 17 Jan. 2018. Web. 24 Jan. 2018. <>

Baynes, Chris. “Solar Power Plant to Open at Site of Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster.” The Independent. N.p.,15 Jan. 2018. Web. 24 Jan. 2018. <>

The Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica.”Chernobyl Disaster” Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica Inc., 2018. Web. 24 Jan. 2018


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