Construction launched at 1-MW solar park in Chernobyl zone - report

Chernobyl, Ukraine. Author: Stefan Krasowski.

November 10 (Renewables Now) - A consortium comprising Ukraine’s Rodina Energy and German developer Enerparc AG has initiated construction of a 1-MW solar power facility within the Chernobyl exclusion zone, local media reports.

The project will see the installation of 3,762 photovoltaic (PV) modules that will be powering the first solar park in the Chernobyl area. The facility is slated to begin commercial operations by the end of this year.

According to the reports, technological equipment is currently being transported to the project site, ballast blocks are being installed and preparatory work for the installation of steel structures is undergoing as part of the active construction phase of the project.

The Chernobyl area suffered a catastrophic nuclear power accident 30 years ago. The Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources reopened the exclusion zone to business developments as the area is considered to be an abundant solar resource. Last year, it was announced that Chinese solar products supplier GCL System Integration Technology (SHE:002506) and China National Complete Engineering Corporation (CCEC) plan to build a solar complex of more than 1 GW in the area but construction activities have not started yet.

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