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China is building solar farms

China is building solar farms Soon, plane passengers will have no doubt about their location when flying over China. The country’s newest renewable energy program will call for solar energy farms that, from above, resemble pandas. The idea originated in 2015 with Ada Li Yan-tung, a 15-year-old who presented the idea at a United Nations youth climate conference. She hoped to get more young people in China interested in renewable energy, and, a year later, the United Nations Development Program and the Panda Green Energy Group teamed up to make her vision a reality. Photo: Panda Green In 2017, the groups built a 248-acre solar power plant in Datong, China, that looks like two smiling pandas from above. The…

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Record-breaking solar farm

Record-breaking solar farm Solar panel fields forever, or so it might seem to anyone flying over northern Mexico these days. A nearly 3,000-acre solar farm now covers a wide swath of desert inside the Mexican state of Coahuila, just south of the Texas border. Passengers flying south from the United States witness the landscape fading from bright orange desert into the cool blue of reflective solar panels, in a field so large it nearly resembles a massive lake. The installation of 2.3 million solar panels is part of the country’s plan to become a bold leader in the global push for renewable energy. With this development, known as the Villanueva power plant, Mexico now boasts the largest solar farm…

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