China has successfully finished building a massive, panda-shaped solar farm spanning 250 acres. This artistic venture signals China’s dedication to enhancing its green energy sources, placing the country as a global leader in renewable energy investment. The project also doubles as a marketing strategy.
Panda Green Energy, the company behind the project, utilized two distinct types of solar cells – darker monocrystalline silicon and lighter thin film cells. By strategically placing these cells, they created a visual representation of a panda with darker and lighter areas. This clever arrangement of the solar panels resulted in a massive panda-like array.
The first phase of this innovative solar power plant has recently been completed, supplying 50MW to the electric grid in Datong, China. This is half of the proposed 100MW the plant intends to generate. The idea for the panda-shaped plant was proposed by China Merchants New Energy, the principal stakeholder of Panda Green Energy, in May 2016. The concept was quickly green-lit to win over the younger generation in China by promoting the importance of sustainable energy in a fun and imaginative way.