The New Panda Power Plant in Datong, China (China Merchants New Energy/Panda Green Energy)

For most solar farms, you’ll find uniform columns or rows that form a nice, symmetrical grid.

This isn’t how one of China’s largest clean energy operators have chosen to build their latest solar power plant. The new power plant located in Datong, China, pays homage to one of China’s most loved animals – the giant panda.

The first phase of the giant panda solar power plant was finished by June 30, and another panda is planned for the second half of 2019.

An artist’s impression of the soon to be Panda Power Plant (China Merchants New Energy/Panda Green Energy)

It’s called the ‘Panda Power Plant’, and it’s going to provide over 3 billion kilowatts worth of solar-powered energy over a period of 25 years. This is going to help eliminate the need for millions of tons of coal, and reduce carbon emissions by an impressive 2 million tons.

China Merchant, a new energy group that’s behind the giant pandas, worked closely with the United Nations and their clean energy Development Program to turn this dream into a reality. The project is primarily aimed at bringing more clean energy awareness to younger people in China.

Over the coming five years, the group hopes to expand their collection of giant panda power plants.