William Shatner steps into the next generation

Star Trek star William Shatner has made a move into the cryptosphere by setting up a new solar-powered Bitcoin mining business.

Shatner is representing Solar Alliance, a natural energy developer.

Mr. Shater, who’s best known for his role as Captain Kirk in Star Trek, is working with his firm to build a solar-powered Bitcoin mining facility.

The new plant is to be located in Illinois, according to a report by the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday.

The Canada-based company will be converting an existing factory to host a solar panel array in the town of Murphysboro.

Speaking to the Tribune, the actor, who also stared in the TJ Hooker TV series, said:

“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.”

No mining

However, while Solar Alliance does intend to build the infrastructure to support a mining facility, it won’t actually mine any Bitcoin itself.

The firm instead plans to lease the building to mining firms to utilize their solar panels after the facility is completed.

There is currently no timeline for when Solar Alliance will complete the renovation of the facility and finish installing the panels.

Chief executive Jason Bak told the Tribune that the company will start finding potential tenants towards the end of this year.

Bak says he also intends to dedicate some of the building’s space as a training center.

The educational venture will be aimed at teaching how to install solar panels to those keen to learn more.

Speaking to the Tribune, William Shatner, who lives in California, said he may visit the facility when it’s complete.

He explains “it’s an interesting idea to see it at work because … it’s so esoteric that it’s difficult to understand.”