October 8 (Solar) – Ukraine has installed a 1-MW solar power plant in the contaminated area just across the decommissioned nuclear power station in Chernobyl.
The photovoltaic (PV) facility is comprised of 3,800 panels and is expected to produce enough energy to meet the power demand of 2,000 local apartments. It benefits from feed-in-tariffs (FiTs) that guarantee a certain price for power, Reuters reported.
With a cost of around EUR 1 million (USD 1.15 million), the solar plant is the result of a partnership between Ukrainian company Rodina and Germany’s Enerparc AG. It works not only as a clean power generator but also brings symbolism to the region, according to Evhen Variagin, chief executive of Solar Chernobyl LLC.
Ukraine has been steadily investing in renewable sources. During the first nine months of 2018, the country has added over 500 MW of renewable power capacity to its energy mix, more than twice as much as in 2017, Reuters noted.
(EUR 1 = USD 1.15)