Ukrainian officials have begun floating the idea of resurrecting the site of the world’s most destructive nuclear meltdown into a massive solar farm. The plan comes with plenty of risks related to radioactive contamination throughout the 1,600-square-mile exclusion zone, but there are also significant advantages. The transmission infrastructure that delivered electricity from the plant prior to the 1986 meltdown is still in place, and there is still a deep workforce with experience in energy generation and distribution. If built, the plant would be the world’s largest solar farm, producing around 4 gigawatts of electricity, roughly the same output as the nuclear plant.
– via The Independent