When we think about solar farms, we imagine rows and columns of solar panels neatly arranged and connected to a grid. That is the norm. However, China Merchants New Energy Group, one of the country’s largest clean energy operators decided to deviate from that norm and had a little fun while making a solar farm.
The new solar plant in Datong, China is shaped like a giant panda. This giant panda shaped solar farm is 248 acres in size. The first phase of the project includes a 50-megawatt plant and was completed at the end of June. It just began delivering power in northwestern China.
Another panda is planned towards the end of this year. This is termed as the panda power plant and will be able to generate 3.2 billion kilowatt-hours of solar energy in just 25 years. This will eliminate the need for millions of tons of coal and reduce carbon emissions by 2.74 million tons to help China achieve its goals.
The panda power plant will be 1,500 acres in size when completed and the New Energy Group has worked with United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to make it a reality. There are plans to build more panda power plants all across China in the next five years.
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