April 8 (Renewables Now) - The Spanish government will provide grant financing for the construction of a new solar park within the Chernobyl exclusion zone in Ukraine, the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management announced on Friday.
The project is under development and a specific timeframe for its construction is still not available. The draft was prepared by the Center of organizational, technical and informational management of the Exclusion zone, in line with the country’s commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Funds for the scheme, totalling over EUR 1 million (USD 1.12m), will come from Spain’s state budget under the two countries’ collaboration under the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gas emissions, Angel Sanchez from the Spanish ecology ministry told RIA Novosti.
When completed, this will be the second such facility in the Chernobyl zone after a 1-MW photovoltaic (PV) plant was switched on there in October 2018.
According to the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management, Spanish authorities have expressed interest in further alternative energy development in the area across the decommissioned nuclear power station in Chernobyl.
(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.123)