China Creates Solar Farm in Shape of Giant Panda; Hundreds More Planned

Cornelia Mascio
Luglio 8, 2017

Last February, Datong Panda PV - an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Panda Green Energy - revealed that it had recruited Sichuan Zhonghaichuanglian Electricity Engineering and Shanxi Silu Electricity Engineering to provide EPC services for the first project under the UNDP tie-up.

In addition to the spectacular solar pandas, the new Panda Power Plant has a youth activity center where school children can learn about the benefits of sustainable energy.

An artist's idea of what the finished farm will look like.

"Designing the plant in the shape of a panda could inspire young people and get them interest in the applications of solar power", Panda Green Energy's CEO, Li Yuan, said a year ago, the Telegraph reported.

"The already slipping well behind China in the race to secure a larger share of the booming clean energy market".

The company worked with the United Nations Development Program - and the planned plant will stretch to more than 1,500 acres when completed.

Fluffy and cute: The images of pandas are used in daily objects, from mugs to T-shirts, and now even on a solar farm. The second phase is in progress and will be built later this year.

Construction of the 50 MW plant began in September 2016. The black is made of monocrystalline silicon and the grey part is all thin film solar cells. These colors make the plant look like a giant panda, which is China's favorite animal. UNDP and the Panda Green Energy organized a summer camp for teenagers aged 13 to 17 this coming August.

Panda Green Energy is also trying to get young people involved and interested in green energy.

The push is good for the environment and all, but I'm just excited to see more panda-shaped plants.

It was built by China Merchants New Energy Group, one of the country's largest clean energy operators.

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