One of China’s greatest treasures, the giant panda, has inspired clean power developers to take solar farm design to new heights.
A sight from the sky, Panda Green Energy Group Limited last week connected its Panda Power Plant to the electricity grid in Datong Shanxi, China.
Currently in its testing phase with 50MW capacity, the plant’s total installed capacity is 100MW.
Panda Power Plant
Formerly known as United Photovoltaics Group Limited, the Hong-Kong-headquartered energy firm formally proposed to construct the Panda Power Plant in May 2016, and signed a cooperation agreement with the United Nations Development Program on 1 September, they noted in a statement.
The energy group added that within the same year on 20 November, Datong Panda Power Plant was officially launched.
“On 14 May this year at the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing, the Panda Power Plant project was formally incorporated into the Action Plan on Jointly Promoting “Belt and Road” Construction signed by the Chinese government and the United Nations, becoming the important landing projects of China “Belt and Road” initiative.”
Once in full operation, the solar power plant is expected to generate 3.2 billion kWh of green electricity in 25 years.
This is equivalent to saving 1.056 million tonnes of coal, or reduce 2.74 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, the energy group highlighted.
Increasing clean power developments
In earlier news, Climate Action reported in May that two out of the five BRICS members are well on their way to exceeding their Paris Agreement climate pledges through driving increased clean power initiatives.
According to Climate Action, “China’s coal consumption has declined for three consecutive years from 2013 to 2016, while India has announced that its planned coal-fired power plants may not be needed.
“Globally, there was a 48% decline in planned coal power stations in 2016, with a 62% fall in construction starts – according to the Boom and Bust 2017 report.”
Earlier this year, China cancelled construction plans for 103 coal power stations, media added.
According to the National Bureau of Statistics, the share of coal in China’s total energy consumption mix fell to 62% in 2016 from 64% in 2015.