One Chinese energy company plans to build hundreds of solar farms shaped like the bears along Beijing's Belt and Road initiative. No reporter narration.
In a country where anything from chopsticks to slippers can be designed to look like pandas, one Chinese energy company is going a step further by building 100 solar farms shaped like the bears along the route of the ambitious Belt and Road initiative. Panda Green Energy Group has already connected one such 50-megawatt (MW) plant to the grid in the northern province of Shanxi, the first step in a public relations stunt that emphasises the cuddly side of the world's No.2 economy. Built with darker crystalline silicon and lighter-coloured thin film solar cells, the plant resembles a cartoon giant panda from the air. "We all know that worldwide both adults and children like pandas. The panda has now become a climate ambassador and a peace ambassador, delivering our aspiration for a green earth to the whole world," said Panda Green Energy's Chief Executive Li Yuan. The Hong Kong-based firm is currently in talks with Canada, Australia, Germany and Italy to launch more panda-shaped power stations.