"The 1986 explosion at the Chernobyl power plant in Ukraine also
resulted in vast areas of land being contaminated by nuclear fallout,
with a 30-kilometre exclusion zone, which encompassed the town of Pripyat, being declared in the area round the facility.
Now two companies from China plan to build a one-gigawatt solar power
plant on 2,500 hectares of land in the exclusion zone to the south of
the Chernobyl plant.
Ukrainian officials say the companies estimate they will spend up to $1bn on the project over the next two years.
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 plant.
'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.'"
This is such an excellent idea! Using land that has no other purpose (except maybe a preserve) and making pollution-free electricity!