Renewable Energy Project in Gozo

Renewable Energy use at Taċ-Ċawla Housing Estate

pr152531aOn 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. 

This project is seen as being critical towards increasing Gozo’s share of renewable energy generation and will contribute to reduce the Government’s dependence on traditional fossil fuels for its energy needs. By reducing dependency on finite, fossil fuels for energy generation and reduce CO2 and other pollutant emissions, thereby contributing to climate change mitigation and will have a positive impact on the quality of life of the Gozitan population in terms of cleaner air. Anton Refalo said that the project is also in line with the Government’s objective to increase its share of renewable energy and thus it contributes to the achievement of the target of 10% of the country’s energy demand from renewable sources by 2020.