Come one, come all to China’s most adorable power source!
On Tuesday, a massive panda-shaped solar power farm officially opened to the public outside of Datong in Shanxi province. Being built by Panda Green Energy with help from the United Nations Development Fund, the plant will provide upwards of 100 megawatts of clean energy when it’s completed. Last month, it was announced that the project’s first stage was already operational.
However, this project isn’t only about generating energy, but inspiration as well. The plant also houses an activity center for Chinese youths, in the hope of educating future generations about sustainable energy starting at an early age. Next month, teens from around the country will be invited to a summer camp held inside China’s adorable new face of renewable energy development.
But, if you can’t make the trip all the way up to Shanxi, not to worry, because Panda Green Energy has plans of building 100 more panda-shaped solar plants across China and in other countries around the world that are participating in the Belt and Road Initiative. Already, the Philippines has signed on to the project, while Pakistan, Djibouti, Australia and Canada could be next.
Have a bird’s eye view of the plant below:
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