Star Trek legend William Shatner became the most recent celebrity to beam into the crypto space. Shatner, famous for playing Captain Kirk from the science fiction series, is representing Solar Alliance, an alternate energy developer which is planning to build a solar powered bitcoin mining facility in Illinois, the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday. The company – which is based in Canada – will be using an existing factory in the city of Murphysboro to house the solar panel array. Captain Kirk told the Tribune: The concept is so, I suppose the word is bizarre.
You’ve to blank your mind and say, what’s blockchain, again? How does mining operate, again? The theories are really strange, and yet whenever you start to grasp it, it is sensible. With that being said, while Solar Alliance is building the infrastructure to support a mining facility, it doesn’t actually intend to mine bitcoins. Instead, the company intends to rent the building to mining companies after the solar power panels are completed. As there’s No timeline yet on when Solar Alliance will finish renovating the facility and installing the panels, chief executive Jason Bak told the Tribune that he plans to begin finding potential tenants by the end of 2018.
Bak also intends to devote some of the space in the building to an educational venture, aimed at describing how to install solar power panels to those interested. Shatner, who lives in California, told the Tribune he can visit the completed facility, because it is an intriguing idea to see it at work because. It is so esoteric that it is difficult to understand. William Shatner image via Gage Skidmore \/ Flickr. A leader in blockchain news, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups.