The aptly named Panda Power Plant in Datong, Shanxi province is putting an adorable face to renewable energy. The China-based renewable energy developer and owner Panda Green Energy Group, said it had completed and grid-connected the first panda-shaped PV power plant.
This is not a conventional solar system – at least not as far as aesthetics are concerned. With a particularly large portion of animal cuteness, the company Panda Green Energy Group Limited is trying to make the unpleasantly dry topic of sustainable energy supply interesting to the general public.
The Panda Power Plant, which will have an aggregate installed capacity of 100 MW. The black parts of the panda, such as the ears and arms, will be comprised of monocrystalline silicone solar cells, with the grey and white tummy and face composed of thin film solar cells. The 100 MW Panda Power Plants will be able to offer 3.2 billion kilowatt-hours of green power in 25 years, according to the company, saving 1.056 million tons of coal and reducing carbon emissions by 2.74 million tons.
As far renewable energy goes, China is already ahead of the game, at least when it comes to grand projects and proposals. Earlier this year, the world’s largest floating solar energy farm was completed in landlocked Anhui Province. While last month, the entire province of Qinghai was run for a week using only clean energy.
The company is planning to expand into countries like Fiji and the Philippines, and wants to build over 100 panda-shaped plants in the next five years. The plants will include motifs inspired by local animals, like the koala or rhinoceros.