Chernobyl goes solar.

Popular Mechanics celebrates a plan to turn the nuclear disaster zone into a 1-gigawatt solar farm:

The high levels of radiation make the zone unsuitable for typical land uses like agriculture or forestry.

However, the site is an excellent choice for the location of a large solar farm. Not only is the land cheap and unused, but there is already substantial electrical infrastructure in place left over from the nuclear plant.

Ukraine has been trying to find an investor to build a large solar farm in the exclusion zone for several months, and it seems two Chinese energy companies are interested. The companies, GCL System Integration Technology and China National Complete Engineering Corp (CCEC), will cooperate to build the farm.

GCL will build and install the solar components, while CCEC will manage and supervise the entire project.