Ukraine’s deputy ecology minister, Oleksandr Krasnolutskyi, has announced plans to repurpose Chernobyl into a wind farm that can generate power once again. This comes after the infamous reactor meltdown of 1986 that led to the abandonment of the site due to radiation contamination.
Despite concerns about worker safety due to radioactive material still in the atmosphere, Chernobyl offers several benefits for the wind farm project. 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. Furthermore, rehabilitating Chernobyl into a modern power plant that produces clean, renewable energy has a symbolic significance, providing clean and climate-friendly energy to Kyiv.
The plan is to transform Chernobyl into a one-gigawatt wind farm, which would be one of the largest in Europe. At full capacity, the wind farm could power up to 800,000 homes in nearby Kyiv. However, there are still concerns about worker safety due to radioactive material still present in the atmosphere at tolerable levels.
Despite this challenge, Notus Energy, the German company involved in the project and Ukrainian government officials are working together to ensure safe operation while also benefiting Ukraine’s capital with sustainable energy production.