It sits on a man-made lake over a collapsed cool mines. And produces enough energy to power a small town. The floating panels are location in the city of Huainan. In China’s eastern Anhui province China invests more in wind, hydro and solar power than any other country. It doubled its solar capacity in 2016 and is beating its own solar and wind power targets. Putting solar panels on water reduces pressure an agriculture land. And the cooling water makes the panels more efficient China now produces two-thirds of the world’s solar panels. It has already exceeded the government’s own targets for solar capacity for 2020. Setting itself a new target of 2013 gigawatts of solar power by 2020. That’s five times larger than the current capacity of the U.S. But despite the rapid growth, renewable only provide about twenty percent of China’s energy.
Four decades of reform have transformed China from one of the poorest countries in the world to the second largest economy and in Purchasing Power Parity terms the largest economy. And most importantly it is still growing to newer and newer heights in all sectors and has already become the manufacturing of the world.
In a publicity–friendly move, one of it’s largest solar farms was built in the shape of two pandas, one of which is waving.
Located in China’s northern Shanxi province, the Datong Panda Power plant is a giant fifty MW solar array spread across hundred hectors. It is the first plant to be built under a scheme agreed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Panda Green Energy’s major shareholder, China Merchants New Energy.
According to data published by REN21, at the end of 2016 China had 77.4GW of solar PV installed, representing more than a quarter of the global total.