China's cutest sustainable power source in the works

The Panda Power Plant in China
The Panda Power Plant Photo credit: Inhabitant

A Chinese energy company is putting an adorable face on sustainable power.

The Panda Power Plant under construction in Shanxi Province, China is shaped like the country's treasured animal and the first phase will offer 50 megawatts (MW) of clean energy.

When it's finished, the world's cutest power plant is expected to cover about 1500 acres.

The black parts of the panda, such as the ears and arms, will be comprised of monocrystalline silicone solar cells, with the grey and white tummy and face composed of thin film solar cells.

In addition to providing clean electricity, the panda solar stations are part of an effort to promote sustainable development among China's young people, Inhabitat reports.

A youth activity centre at the power plant will educate schoolchildren on the benefits of solar power.

By the time that construction is completed, the entire plant will produce upwards of 100 megawatts of energy. The company hopes that within the next 25 years, its solar stations will have helped to reduce carbon emissions by 2.74 million tons, Inhabitat reports.