If you’re flying over China you’d expect to see the Great Wall, large cities, countryside, and maybe this giant panda. China is known as the home to giant pandas in nature but now they’re producing giant, man-made versions of the panda as a solar farm.
China Merchants New Energy Group (CMNE) completed the first phase of a project to build a 248-acre solar farm project in the shape of a giant panda on June 30, 2017; after reaching an agreement with the United Nations Development Plan (UNDP).
Called the Panda Power Plant, it will be able to produce 3.2 billion kilowatt hours of solar energy over the course of 25 years. Some projections estimate that, once completed, the solar farm will be able to produce as much energy as burning through millions of tons of coal, thus reducing tons of carbon emissions.
China Merchants New Energy/Panda Green Energy
The plant, now functionally operational, has been delivering power to a grid in Datong, China, the second panda will likely be completed later this year.
CMNE and UNDP are in collaboration to create more solar panda farms across China in an attempt to raise awareness among young Chinese nationals about clean energy. Clearly these groups see the need and are taking action for renewable energy. Two thumbs up, China!