Star Trek legend supports new US crypto mining project

June 14, 2018
Chris Wheal

Star Trek legend William Shatner is the latest celebrity to board the cryptocurrency bandwagon.

Solar Alliance, a company for which Shatner is a spokesperson and renewable energy advocate, has announced a deal to develop multiple solar powered facilities designed to host cryptocurrency mining operations, in Murphysboro, Illinois.

William Shatner supports crypto mining development

William Shatner is a staunch supporter of solar energy. Credit: Shutterstock

Shatner is excited about the potential for solar energy to support the growing cryptocurrency industry.

“I am proud to be a part of the group that is powering the digital currency revolution,” said Shatner. “Blockchain technologies, and cryptocurrencies specifically, are at the cutting edge of a new distributed technology infrastructure. As an advocate for solar energy I was intrigued by the potential for it to power cryptocurrency mining operations.”

“They are energy intensive and utilizing solar arrays to power them makes social and economic sense. Cryptocurrencies can help prevent fraud, speed payment settlement, reduce identity theft and provide global access to capital.

The combination of solar and cryptocurrency mining facilities represents meaningful change,” said the Star Trek actor.
Shatner’s association with Solar Alliance goes back to early 2017 when the Vancouver-based solar energy installation company installed a solar power system in his home.

Post written by Chris Wheal
Chris Wheal is editor of OpenLedger's news and features service. An award-wining business journalists himself, he runs a team of freelance journalists from across the UK and north America.

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