Those Promised “Green” Jobs? Sending Construction Workers into a Radioactive Wasteland

Watts Up With That?

A radioactive sign hangs on barbed wire outside a café in Pripyat. A radioactive sign hangs on barbed wire outside a café in Pripyat. Diana Markosian [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsGuest essay by Eric Worrall

One of the problems with renewables is the enormous amount of space renewable installations require. Gathering low intensity power requires a lot of real-estate. But solar entrepreneurs and the Ukrainian Government think they have a solution – they want to build the world’s largest solar plant on land nobody in their right mind would want; the site of the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster.

Chernobyl could be reinvented as a solar farm, says Ukraine

Ministers create presentation to show how idle land around nuclear disaster site can be used to produce renewable energy.

The contaminated nuclear wasteland around Chernobyl could be turned into one of the world’s largest solar farms, producing nearly a third of the electricity that the stricken plant generated at its height 30 years ago…

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