Huge Solar PV Plant to be Built in Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

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GCL System Integration Technology¬†recently announced their cooperation with China National Complete Engineering Corporation (CCEC) to help rebuild the “exclusion zone” with solar power thirty years after the Chernobyl accident. ¬†The companies will partner to build a large solar PV power plant.

The 1986 explosion and meltdown in Chernobyl released vast quantities of radiation, contaminating approximately 30 km2 of land with fallout. The Ukrainian government now aims to give a new renewable life to the exclusion zone. In October, the country’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources announced the plan to build a solar PV plant at Chernobyl. “Its cheap land and abundant sunlight constitute a solid foundation for the project. In addition, the remaining electric transmission facilities are ready for reuse,” said Ostap Semerak, Ukraine’s minister of environment and natural resources.

Two Chinese companies will play significant parts in Chernobyl’s revival. Whereas CCEC as the general contractor will manage the overall project, GCL-SI will provide planning service as well as PV facilities to the project. According to GCL-SI, construction of the over 1 GW solar PV plant is expected to initiate in 2017. Once completed, Chernobyl will re-catch the global attention as a revived site of solar energy.

“There will be remarkable social benefits and economical ones as we try to renovate the once damaged area with green and renewable energy. We are glad that we are making joint efforts with Ukraine to rebuild the community for the local people,” said Mr. Shu Hua, Chairman of GCL-SI.

Mr. Shu further commented, “We have been dedicated to providing integrated solar services and will take diverse approaches this year to drive penetration and achieve global presence. The Chernobyl project is also one of our key steps to approach abroad.”

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