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Panda power is here!

07/07/2017
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The world’s first panda power plant has officially gone online.
The panda-shaped solar power plant is expected to power more than 8000 homes
Image via Panda Green Energy Company.

When I first saw this story I had to check that it wasn’t 1st April… but it turns out that this is a real, eye-catching, and rather clever way of both generating renewable energy and promoting the virtues of clean-tech to younger generations.

Built by Panda Green Energy, the panda-shaped solar power plant has the capacity to power more than 8,000 homes with a total output of 50MW.

The power plant consists of two types of solar panels; photovoltaic (PV) cells make up the white sections, whilst black monocrystalline silicon PV cells provide the dark details to the panda’s eyes, arms and ears.

And it’s not alone! Located in Datong City, in Northern China, the panda power plant is soon to be joined by another. Once completed the two solar plants will be able to produce a combined output of 100MW, providing 3.2 billion kWh of green electricity over 25 years.

Educating future generations

The power plants have, in part, been funded by the UN Development Program (UNDP) as part of a larger program to promote renewable energy in China. Not only will the power plants provide clean energy, but will also be the base of annual summer camps for teenagers aged 13-17 who will be able to see the plant in action and learn about the future of clean-tech.
Panda Green Energy has announced its intention to build a further 100 arrays within the next 5 years
Image via UNDP

More Pandas

Panda Green Energy has also announced its intention to build over 100 new arrays in the shape of the iconic animal within the next five years. Commenting on the plans, Li Yuan, CEO of Panda Green Energy, said:

“I believe that Panda Solar Stations won’t just provide power… but will become a tourist hotspot, and in future, we’ll export these panda power plants to other parts of the world.”

The panda power plant comes at a time when China is strongly promoting and developing solar power across the country. As part of the renewable energy goals that they agreed to as part of the Paris Agreement, China wants to increase the share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption to around 20 percent.

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