< Artist impression. Image: China Merchants New Energy/Panda Green Energy
Most solar farms align solar arrays in rows and columns to build a grid.
Nevertheless, a new solar power plant in Datong, China, decided to have a little fun with its design. China Merchants New Energy Group, one of China’s biggest clean energy operators, designed a 248-acre solar farm in the shape of a huge panda.
According to PV magazine, the first phase, which includes one fifty-megawatt plant, was completed on June 30.
The project just started to deliver power to a grid in northwestern China, while a second panda is planned for later in 2017.
The Panda Power Plant, as it’s called, will be able to produce 3.2 billion kilowatt-hours of solar energy in twenty-five years. (source)
That will eliminate million tons of coal that would’ve been used to produce electricity, lowering carbon emissions by 2.74 million tons.
China Merchants New Energy/Panda Green Energy
China Merchants New Energy Group has cooperated with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) so that the Panda Power Plant becomes a reality.
As the UNDP wrote in a statement, the project is part of a bigger effort to raise awareness amongst young people in China regarding clean energy.
The groups hope to design more panda-shaped solar plants throughout China in following next five years.