China Builds Panda Power Plant

One of the main objections to solar farms (and yes, they do exist, despite their positive environmental impact) is that they are so ugly to look at. The farms tend to be built in utilitarian grids that destroy landscapes and ruin views. Then again, the same could be said for coal power stations.

However, China has come up with an adorable solution to this problem. China Merchants New Energy group just finished construction on a 248 acre solar power farm… in the shape of a giant panda! Phase one of the project was completed on June 30th of this year, and looks like a super cute and rotund (and maybe a little cross-eyed) panda holding his belly, but the company, one of China’s leading clean energy firms, won’t stop there. They’re planning an additional bear-shaped farm right next door, with a panda in a different position!

Nicknamed the Panda Power Plant, this 50 megawatt plant will be able to produce and estimated 3.2 billion kilowatt-hours of solar energy in 25 years! It should reduce carbon emissions by 2.74 million tons, happy news for one of the biggest polluters in the world. The company worked with the United Nations Development Program on this solar farm. The program is also helping China raise awareness among its youngest citizens about the importance of moving towards clean energy. They’re not stopping at the two pandas however; the plan to build additional panda plants in the next five years, all over the country!