Dnieper Hydroelectric Station was built in the mid-1920s as a part of the GOELRO plan, a precursor to Stalin’s 5-year plan to reinvigorate the Russian Economy. The plant was part of 30 power plants that were built in the Soviet Union with the goal of providing electricity to the entire Union.
The station was designed by Ivan Alexandrov, a Russian engineer who would later become the Head of the Department of Hydrology, Meteorology and Regulation of Flow at the Moscow State University of Environmental Engineering and was designed to provide power to the various metal production facilities that were also being built in the Dnieper River area at the same time.
Thanks to the construction of the Station, several nearby towns grew into cities and flourished. One of the most notable of these is Dnipropetrovsk which today has well over 1 million residents. The Station itself is also notable, as it was a major tactical point for both the Soviet and German armies during the Second World War and was badly damaged by both sides during different parts of the conflict.
Today, the Dnieper Hydroelectric Station is almost 2625 Feet long and 200 feet high. The Station itself can be seen from Khortesia Island, the largest island on the Dnieper River and one of the Seven Wonders of Ukraine.