I am a panda. Chinese national treasure. But I am not an ordinary cute, furry, eating a bamboo panda. I don’t move, I eat sun rays, I am humongous, and I am an innovation. How come?
One day in 2015, a 15-year-old girl named Ada Li Yan-tung came with an innovative idea of involving me in the solar energy industry. She shared her vision about me at a youth climate conference and explained how I can contribute to making green technology more interesting for young Chinese people. That’s how it all started.
China the leader
Now, we all know China is the leading investor when it comes to renewable energy. Here are the facts:
- In 2017, China invested 126.6 billion dollars in this sector, which is 30% more than in 2016.
- It’s solar capacity is the world’s biggest – a staggering number of 130 gigawatts.
- It is a home to the largest solar farm on the globe, Tenger Desert, whose capacity is over 1,500 megawatts.
- It is dominant in building new PV plants, meaning 46% of all new solar power plants on the planet in 2016 were born in China.
Here are some important facts about me:
- I am the first solar power plant in the shape of a panda. My smaller friend joined me a bit later.
- I am made of thousands of black and grayish white solar panels.
- I occupy about 248 acres of land.
- My capacity is 100 megawatts.
- 52 million dollars were invested in me.
- I can provide a 3.2 billion kWh of clean electricity during 25 years, meaning I can eliminate around 1.06 million tons of coal, decreasing the amount of carbon emissions by 2.74 million tons.
- I have a potential of generating power for more than 10.000 homes annually.
- You can see me only from the air.
- I share the fame with a little friend of mine, so we are actually two pandas smiling at everybody flying above us.
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If you ever fly over Datong, China, I’ll be waving and smiling at you!