(Chatting to my colleagues at Regen, we really enjoy this, and are wondering what animal we would have in the UK…. we also find it slightly ironic that you can only see it from an aeroplane!)
Cute panda products flock markets and their videos the internet. Now pandas have entered the world of solar energy.
While most solar farms look like an Excel sheet with rows and columns, Datong, China has built a large solar farm shaped like the iconic black and white giant panda.
The 250-acre station will have a have a capacity of 100 megawatts when fully connected, providing 3.2 billion kilowatt-hour of green electricity in 25 years. That is equivalent to saving 1.056 million tonnes of coal, or reducing 2.74 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.
Called the Panda Power Plant, the project is an initiative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It has been built by Chinese company Panda Green Energy. The company’s CEO Li Yuan explains the panda-shape by sharing that “Designing the plant in the shape of a panda could inspire young people and get them interested in the applications of solar power.”
This is only the beginning, further expansions are underway and the power plant will be 1,500 acres when complete in the next 5 years. The Telegraph has reported that ‘Young candidates from around China will be recruited to participate in summer camps at the panda power stations, with a focus on providing them with a deeper understanding of green energies.’
There are also plans to bring panda power stations to Fiji and the Philippines, with the aim of building 100 across the globe over the next five years.