The Ukraine is planning to turn the area around Chernobyl, site of one of the world’s biggest nuclear power disasters, into a large solar farm.Chernobyl exclusion zone

The Ukrainian government is intent on reducing its energy dependence on neighbouring Russia and the country’s environment minister Ostap Semerak told press this week, “The Chernobyl site has really good potential for renewable energy. We already have high-voltage transmission lines that were previously used for the nuclear stations, the land is very cheap and we have many people trained to work at power plants.”

Roughly 2,600 square kilometres of land in and around the power plant is inside the exclusion zone.

The government is attempting to fund the construction of a series of solar panels that, when finished, will provide roughly 4 MW of power for the country’s citizens.

The government is currently in talks with two US investment firms and four Canadian energy developers in a bid to win finance for the project, reports Anna Hirtenstein for Bloomberg.