Actor William Shatner attends the premiere of NBC’s ‘Better Late Than Never’ at Universal Studios Hollywood on November 29, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images) Despite the recent swings in the bitcoin price, along with pretty much all other cryptocurrencies, it seems celebrities are still happy to wade into the market.

Star Trek legend William Shatner (AKA captain James Tiberius Kirk) has been talking up Solar Alliance, a Vancouver-based developer of alternative energy projects that has revealed its plans to convert an abandoned southern Illinois factory into a solar-powered Bitcoin mining operation. Shatner, who is a spokesperson for Solar Alliance, said he is “proud to be a part of the group that is powering the digital currency revolution”, adding “utilizing solar arrays to power [mining operations] makes social and economic sense.”

Though Shatner once dismissed bitcoin as a “cyber snob currency,” he appears to have changed his tune, telling the Chicago Tribune: “The concepts are really strange, and yet when you begin to grasp it, it makes sense.” William Shatner wasn’t always such a fan of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies.

Once the facility — a 165,000 square foot warehouse facility in Murphysboro — is operational Solar Alliance plans to rent the space to cryptocurrency mining tenants. Bitcoin and cryptocurrency miners, just as gold miners produce the world’s supply of gold, produce all the new digital currency that comes onto the market. Read more from…

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