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Published on July 25th, 2009 | by Andrew Williams

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Austrian Nuclear Power Station Converts to 100% Solar Energy

July 25th, 2009 by  


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Earlier today the Zwentendorf nuclear plant in Austria reopened as a solar power station, making it the largest facility of its kind anywhere in the country.

Following its completion over 30 years ago, the plant’s operation was fiercely contested – culminating in a 1978 national referendum forcing it to close. Since then it has lain dormant as a visible testament to Austrian concerns over nuclear energy.

Now, following a €1.2 million investment the plant has reemerged as a major renewable energy production facility.

At an opening ceremony last night, the Austrian authorities invited Greenpeace campaigners to hang a banner from the facility stating simply: “Energy Revolution – Climate Solution.”

In a press release the global NGO also asked – If a nuclear power station can go solar, then why can’t our entire energy system be diverted to clean and safe renewable energy sources, backed by energy efficiency and conservation?

Image Credit – Christopher Peterson on flickr


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