Renewable Energy Project in Gozo
Renewable Energy use at Taċ-Ċawla Housing Estate
On Friday, Minister Anton Refalo vistied the Taċ-Ċawla Housing Estate to inaugurate a renewable energy project which was implemented by the EcoGozo Regional Development Directorate within the Ministry for Gozo.
As part of the project, more than 240 panels were installed on 15 different blocks that make up the Taċ-Ċawla Housing Estate. These panels will be producing more that 104,535 units of electricity per year which translates to the average yearly consumption of 28 families. As a direct result of this project, the environment will also be putting up with a yearly average of 67 tonnes of carbon less than before the project was implemented. This ensures that health hazards are lessened as we will be breathing in purer air.
The Minister said that the project contributes to the Government’s vision for ecoGozo as it taps into two of the four pillars upon which the vision is built. The Taċ-Ċawla Housing Estate project will be contributing towards a cleaner environment whilst easing off part of the financial burden that comes with the payment of utility bills. The latter ensures that the residents of Taċ-Ċawla Housing Estate will be enjoying a better quality of life. In addition to this, the project also serves as a means of education for these residents on how to use energy efficiently.
When it comes to renewable energy, according to NSO data gathered in 2014, Gozo is producing twice as much renewable energy units per person when compared to Malta. (ref. Pg 134, Gozo in Figures 2015)) Such a project can only help in keeping this stat up.
The project uses a micro-inverter system that controlls each and every panel installed. This setup ensures that a failure in one panel does not effect the performace of other panels in the system.