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A Giant Panda Is Now Producing 50MW Of Solar Power

first_img Hyundai Launches First Car With a Solar RoofFor $170,000 You Can Buy Your Very Own Solar Car Stay on target No, not ailuropoda melanoleuca… They’re fascinating creatures, but their conversion rate is pretty much zero. We’re talking about a giant panda bear-shaped solar farm.In 2016, the aptly-named Panda Green Energy teamed up with the United Nations on a massive new solar project. The 50MW farm, constructed in China, was designed in the shape of a panda — which China’s citizens proudly call their national treasure.It’s a massive installation. In total, it covers nearly 250 acres of land in Shanxi Province near Datong City. Monocrystalline silicon solar cells were used to create the black areas, and the white areas were made using thin-film cells.There’s more than just a boatload of solar panels at the site, too. There’s also an activity center for the little ones aimed at teaching the benefits of solar energy. Kids from around the country will be invited to attend summer camps where they’ll learn from experts about all kinds of clean tech and sustainable development.As big as the giant solar panda is, it’s actually just part of an even larger project. When complete, the solar farm in Datong City will cover much more acreage and crank out a whopping 100MW of power. Over the next several years, Panda Green Energy plans to complete even more cuddly-looking solar farms.As part of its Panda 100 initiative, they plan to bring additional sites on line in so-called Belt and Road countries. It’s a sort of modern-day Silk Road which spans from New Zealand to Nepal to Poland and includes 65 other countries.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more