William Shatner, known for his role as Captain Kirk on the original Star Trek television series, has officially decided to explore the concept of Bitcoin mining.
The decision came when Shatner entered talks with Solar Alliance, a Vancouver-based developer of alternative energy projects. Through the talks, Shatner learned that Solar Alliance is reportedly looking to transform an abandoned Murphysboro, Illinois factory into a solar-powered Bitcoin mining location.
As a spokesperson for Solar Alliance, Shatner stated that he is “proud to be a part of the group that is powering the digital currency revolution.” He also commented that “utilizing solar arrays to power [mining operations] makes social and economic sense.” In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Shatner elaborated upon his decision to enter the Bitcoin mining scene after years of opposition to it.
“The concept is so, I guess the word is bizarre. You have to blank your mind and say, ‘What is blockchain, again? How does mining operate, again?’ The concepts are really strange, and yet when you begin to grasp it, it makes sense.”
Solar Alliance currently plans to lease the building to mining firms once the solar panels have been installed. While there’s no set timeline for the project, according to chief executive Jason Bak, he hopes to begin finding potential tenants for the space by the end of 2018.