Statement on UNDP’s Engagement with Panda Green Energy GroupJul 10, 2017
July 10, Beijing—The first “panda power plant” was connected to the grid in the hills of Datong, Shanxi province last week, built by the China’s Panda Green Group Limited.
This world’s ‘cutest’ solar panel facility has its design based on China’s national treasure – the Giant Panda, and is currently in testing phase. The company hope the panda-shaped solar station will be fully integrated into the grid by August 10th 2017, and future plans include the addition of two adult pandas alongside to the two baby pandas currently depicted.
UNDP China and the Panda Energy Group have jointly launched a “Youth Leadership Summer Camp on Climate Action” alongside the solar farm initiative, designed to engage youth on issues surrounding climate change and environment. The summer camp will be hosted on 10-19 August in Datong, a unique opportunity for youth to gain a deeper understanding of the process of innovation for climate change and green energy.
“The new Panda Solar Farm is a clear demonstration of how innovative approaches can bring benefits to the new energy sector,” said Nicholas Rosellini, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in China. “The worldwide appeal of the panda creates a platform to engage the wider public, and especially youth groups. UNDP’s partnership with Panda Green Energy Group can help to harness the energy, ideas and commitment of the next generation to engage with innovation for development.”
UNDP acknowledges the significance of youth involvement for the achievement of both the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The younger generation should not only be pure beneficiaries of prosperity but also key collaborators for promoting sustainable development.
UNDP China is therefore partnering with Panda Green Energy Group to help to raise young peoples’ awareness of the most critical issues faced by the world, especially regarding climate change and clean energy. By providing young people with an understanding of climate change challenges from agriculture and energy, social innovation, science and technology innovation perspectives, the initiative also aims to promote stronger leadership from within youth groups for sustainable development action.
The panda solar station is the first integration of the world’s two most cutting-edge solar energy technologies. The 50 MW power plants cover a total area of 248 acres, with the black part composed of monocrystalline silicone. Future plan is to increase capacity to 100 MW, which can reduce an equivalent of 2.74 million tons of carbon dioxide in the next 25 years.
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Ms. ZHANG Wei, Chief Communications Officer, UNDP China
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