Ready Steady Po! Panda to promote green energy as China builds ‘Cutest’ solar farms on Earth
Source :News Bharati English   Date :07-Jul-2017

Beijing, July 7: Who remembers the adventurous yet babyish ball of fun- Kung Fu Panda? Bet that everyone loves him! Want to know what’s more interesting? China has built a solar power plant uniquely which looks like Panda!  World's first panda-shaped power plant in China is really adorable.

Built by Panda Green Energy, the plant is located in Datong, China. With an output of 50MW, this 248-acre solar farm looks just like China's favourite giant animal - the black and white panda.  This solar farm is called as ‘Panda Power Plant’.

As a part of UN Development Program (UNDP), with an initiative to promote green and clean energy China took the step of installing Panda Solar farm. Soon, there will be another panda joining this one and together they will have an aggregate installed capacity of 100MW.

How is the solar farm designed?

Construction for the Panda Power Plant in Datong, Shanxi began back in 2016. The 248-acre solar farm was designed to look like a cute panda, and many see a striking resemblance with a particular cub from the franchise. The black sections are mono-crystalline silicon (the light-absorbing part of most solar panels) while the white parts are made of second-generation solar technology known as thin film cells. Once the 2nd Panda comes into existence, together the plants will produce output energy of 3.2 billion kWh of solar power in the next 25 years.

Why the shape of Panda?

The farms were designed to promote green energy- especially with young people. The hope is that the kid-friendly design paired with on-site eco summer camps and youth-focused design contests, organised by the UN Development Programme and China Merchants New Energy, will inspire the country’s youth to become future leaders in green energy.

The Datong Panda Power Plant is just the beginning of Panda Green Energy’s global plans for solar energy farms. This project is also significant to the global move for green energy application, green concept communication and energy transformation. The current Panda Power Plant has a total aggregate capacity of 100 megawatts. When finished, the Datong Panda Power Plant will be able to provide 3.2 billion kWh of green electricity over 25 years, saving over a million tonnes of coal, or reducing 2.74 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.

Panda Green Energy wants to expand their project and build more than 100 panda-shaped power plants in central and Southeast Asia, in countries such as Fiji and the Philippines.