At present, renewable power generation in Ukraine reached 1 GW. In future, this figure may double entirely by solar energy.
The Bloomberg published rather interesting information telling that after thirty years since the accident, Chornobyl area can be restored and it can become the center of Ukrainian energy sector. According to the publication, Ukraine is currently seeking for investors to develop solar energy next to forever-closed Soviet reactors.
The publication states that solar energy can be safely used within the Exclusion Zone at an area of more than 2500 km2. The Exclusion Zone is not suitable for other types of activities due to constant radiation background.
“Chornobyl has extraordinary potential for business related to renewable energy. We already have high-voltage power lines previously used for nuclear power plants, cheap land and a lot of highly qualified professionals trained to work on power plants”, said Ostap Semerak, Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine.
It is believed that the use of solar energy in the Exclusion Zone will help Ukraine to make an important step towards cooperation with the EU and to increase credibility in the public perception in conflict areas along the Russian border.
“We have set ourselves European priorities, which mean improvement of standards for the environment and ambitious projects in the field of renewable energy. We want to be a successful country to show people from the conflict zones that life with us is better and more comfortable”, added Semerak.
It is stated that initial plans for 1 GW can cost the Ukrainian government about 1.1 billion USD.
Semerak said that two investment companies from the USA and Canada showed interest to the creation of Chornobyl solar energy complex. By the end of the year, Ukrainian engineers plan to install 4 MW solar panels in the Exclusion Zone.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is also considering possible funding, but the negotiations are still at an early stage.
If the project is implemented, it can turn into an impressive initiative that will allow application of 4GW transmission lines remained after ChNPP.
It is worth recalling that Belarus is constructing the largest solar power plant in the territory suffered from ChNPP accident.