For the past 32 years, if you mentioned the word “Chernobyl,” most people would associate it with the nuclear meltdown that occurred that fateful day. However, it would seem that after three decades, Chernobyl is once more producing power. This time, though, it’s far safer than a nuclear power plant.
The power coming out of Chernobyl is solar, so it’s safe and clean. The energy levels right now are enough to power a small village and could potentially bring some semblance of life back to the surrounding areas.
In April 1986, Reactor No. 4 exploded and contaminated a 770 square mile area around Chernobyl. Ever since that day, the area has been completely desolate. However, the remaining reactors continued to generate power—at least for a while. After the meltdown, the remains of Reactor No. 4 were sealed in a giant concrete tomb. In 2000, Reactor No. 3 was taken offline. In 2016, a new concrete enclosure was poured over both of the reactors. It’s thought that these new encasements will prevent the spread of harmful particles and nuclear dust leftover from the explosion.
There are only 200 people that are allowed to live within the zone that was sealed off after the explosion. It’s not a total wasteland, either, as it seems that with so little humans around wildlife and plants have made a pretty good comeback. The land cannot be farmed, and according to the science of radiation, humans won’t be able to safely reside in the area for another 240 centuries or so. The good news is that while nuclear energy production will never happen again, the land is perfectly suitable for generating solar power.
It was with that in mind that a new solar power plant was built near the edge of the New Safe Confinement dome. The facility was built by the companies Enerparc and Rodina, and it officially went online at the beginning of October. It’s believed that over the years the solar plant will only grow in size. In fact, there are currently more than 6,400 acres available for investors to grab up in which more solar panels could be built. If all of that land gets utilized, an additional 100 megawatts of power could be created.