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The site of the world’s worst nuclear meltdown is about to become a solar farm

Over 30 years ago, a radioactive release 10 times larger than the Hiroshima bomb forced hundreds of thousands of people to permanently evacuate the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. Now the abandoned site is about to start generating power again.

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An employee opens the gate at the checkpoint “Maidan” in the 30 km (19 miles) exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor near the abandoned village of Babchin, Belarus, March 11, 2016

The site of the world’s worst nuclear meltdown is about to become a solar farm

Over 30 years ago, a radioactive release 10 times larger than the Hiroshima bomb forced hundreds of thousands of people to permanently evacuate the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. Now the abandoned site is about to start generating power again. But instead …and more » #solarpower #solar #solarenergy

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Developing nations are driving record growth in solar power

While Europe, Japan, Australia and the US drove early installations of solar power, in recent years developing countries led by China have taken the lead and now account for more than half of new solar installations globally. Solar power accounts for …and more » #solarpower

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5500 US Schools Use Solar Power, and That’s Growing as Costs Fall, Study Shows

Most are installed on rooftops, but there are many other models: solar farms are being built near campuses or on shaded carports in parking lots; urban schools with less space are participating in community solar projects; new buildings are being … #savingenergy

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