China Merchants New Energy Group (CMNE) — Panda Green Energy’s largest shareholder — has built a 248-acre solar farm shaped like a giant panda.
- The solar power plant in Datong, China has been named the ‘Panda Power Plant’.
- It is expected to be able to produce 3.2 billion kilowatt-hours of solar energy in 25 years.
- This solar farm plant will reduce carbon emissions by 2.74 million tons.
The Panda Green Energy Group worked with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to launch the solar plants.
The Panda Green Energy Group and the UNDP worked together to built an extraordinary solar power plant known as the ‘Panda Power Plant’ in Datong, China. According to the UNDP website, the 50 MW panda-shaped solar plant is the first part of the project and it covers an area of 248 acres. The Business Insider reported that the Panda Power Plant would be able to produce 3.2 billion kilowatt-hours of solar energy in 25 years, and that it would therefore reduce carbon emissions by 2.74 million tons. In a statement, the UNDP wrote that in order to achieve this, ‘future objectives plan to up capacity to 100 MW’.
The design plays an important role in the project as through the depiction of China’s national treasure, UNDP and Panda Green Energy Group hope to raise awareness among young people about clean energy. Over the next few years, the group also hopes to build more panda-shaped solar plants throughout China.