Panda Plant

China’s Solar Farm Shaped Like a Giant Panda

Have you heard about the solar power plant in China that built a 248 acre solar farm in the shape of a giant panda?

The quirky power plant in Dahong China, Merchants New Energy Group are one of the country’s largest clean energy operators.  They usually build their solar arrays in rows and columns to form a grid but decided to go for something a little more unusual this time round.

Called the Panda Power Plant, it will be able to produce 3.2 billion kilowatt-hours of solar energy in 25 years

United Nations Development Program

The company worked with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to complete the Panda Power Plant. The project is part of a larger effort to raise awareness among young people in China about clean energy and plans to eliminate approximately a million tons of coal that would have been used to produce electricity.  This will reduce carbon emissions by 2.74 million tons, a significant contribution.

With the first phase now delivering power to a grid in Northwestern China, they have planned a second panda for the end of this year.  The CNRG and UNDP groups aim to build more panda-shaped solar plants across China in the next 5 years.

What a fantastic initiative!