Just outside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, the site of the worst nuclear accident in history, a small town has been given a new lease on life, as a producer of solar energy, writes Juulia Baer-Bader. Last Sunday was the 34th anniversary of the accident. Yet, you probably do not know, a small town of Slavutych, just outside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is today witnessing a new beginning, serving as a source of solar energy. In 2018-19 a project named “SolarTown” created its first solar power plant cooperative in the city of Slavutych. It is the newest city in Ukraine, having been built in 1986 to host nuclear engineers after the evacuation. As is the case for many typical Soviet cities nowadays, Slavutych needed to re-invent itself in the face of the reality of the market economy and the overall transformation of Ukraine after the Soviet Union’s collapse.
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