Ukraine is planning to repurpose the infamous Chernobyl nuclear site, which has been abandoned since the reactor meltdown of 1986 due to radiation contamination. The current plan is to transform Chernobyl into a one-gigawatt wind farm, making it one of the largest in Europe. At full capacity, the wind farm could power up to 800,000 homes in nearby Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital.
Despite concerns about the safety of workers spending time in the radiated zone, where there is still radioactive material in the atmosphere at tolerable levels, the project aims to benefit the environment while providing sustainable energy for Ukraine’s capital. The area already has a lot of power plant infrastructure in place, and no residents will be displaced as the radiation zone is essentially a ghost town.
Last year, Russian soldiers reportedly experienced radiation sickness after digging into the dirt near the power plant when they seized Chernobyl during their invasion of Ukraine. The Ukrainian government and Notus Energy, the German company involved in the project, are still evaluating how to move forward safely.
Oleksandr Krasnolutskyi, Ukraine’s deputy ecology minister, stated that Chernobyl could become a symbol of clean, climate-friendly energy. Overall, this project aims to provide long-term benefits for both Ukraine and its people by generating clean and renewable energy from one of history’s most notorious sites.