On November 20th 2016, in the parallel session of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP22) in China, the world's first Panda Solar Power Plant and the Panda Summer Youth Camp were launched in Datong, Shanxi Province, by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Photovoltaic Green Ecological Collaborative Organization (PGO). Over 100 guests attended the ceremony, including Mr. Patrick Haverman, the UNDP Deputy Country Director, major leaders of Datong government and experts of new energy industry etc.
Mr. Patrick Haverman, Deputy Country Director of the UNDP, said that “Energy plays an important role in achieving sustainable development, which requires collaboration of multiple parties, Panda Solar Power Plant is a very innovative solution for that. The United Nations will cooperate with China Merchants New Energy Group Limited (CMNE) to promote the youth generations’ awareness to the green energy. We hope that Panda Solar Power Plant will inspire young people from all over the world to have a deeper understanding on sustainable development strategy and become the innovator and promoter of it in the future.
Mr. Alan Li, chairman of PGO and CEO of CMNE, said at the launching ceremony that as one of the Panda Solar Power Plant initiators, CMNE has received great recognition and support from many international institutions and multinational companies in promoting sustainable development and energy structure transformation in China. Datong Panda Solar Power Plant is the first panda photovoltaic power plant in the world. In the next five years, " Panda 100 Plan" will be carried out.
In the launching ceremony, the "Sino-US Dream Team" has been authorized and announced its formal establishment, and its members will jointly design and build Panda Solar Power Plants. In addition to the initiator CMNE, these members include Chinese enterprises such as Xi’an Longi Silicon, Sungrow Power, POWERCHINA, Zhonghai Sunshine Energy, Huawei, and Jolywood, and also the US enterprises such as First Solar, SunPower, IBM. Meanwhile, there will be more outstanding domestic and foreign enterprises joining the “Dream Team”, bringing in more advanced technologies, new materials and cross-border applications.