A new solar farm is opening up in China, and this one has a twist. The energy firm, Panda Green Energy Group, has .
This particular solar panda farm has been built in the province of Shanxi, and Panda Green hopes that this is only the first of a hundred panda-themed solar farms the company is planning to build. The total cost of all 100 plants is estimated to be around $3 billion.
In addition to building potentially dozens of solar farms, the company hopes that the friendly panda faces will give Chinese citizens a greater appreciation and understanding of solar power. Panda Green has also built an education center geared toward teaching children about the importance of renewables.
The first panda solar farm, called the Panda Power Plant, is being built in two stages. The first stage, which was just completed, gives the plant a 50 megawatt power output. When the second stage is finished, the plant's capacity would double to 100 megawatts, enough to power 10,000 homes.
According to the company, over the next 25 years the solar energy generated by this plant will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by almost 3 million tons. If the company of 12 gigawatts of solar energy by 2020 the company could reduce CO2 emissions by almost half a billion tons over the next few decades.
With any luck, instead of saving pandas, the pandas might just save us.