Renewable Energy in Gozo Public Buildings
Installation of Photovoltaic Panels at Nine Governmental Sites
The Minister for Gozo, Anton Refalo and the Parliamentary Secretary for the EU Presidency in 2017 and the European Funds, Ian Borg, inaugurated a project that saw the installation of photovoltaic panels on public buildings administered by the Ministry for Gozo. The press conference was held at the Government Experimental Farm in Xewkija.
The public buildings at which photovoltaic systems were installed are the Government Experimental Farm, the cold stores, the NGO Centre, the office of the Land and Public Registry, the Pitkali, the Manufacturing and Services section, the civil abattoir, the administration building within the Ministry for Gozo and the Sports Complex. The latter was included in the scope of the project due to the savings accumulated after the photovoltaic panels were installed on eight other properties. Thanks to this project, the majority of public buildings managed by the Ministry for Gozo are now equipped with facilities of renewable energy to make them less dependent on conventional sources for their energy needs.
The Minister for Gozo reiterated that this project will help achieve the goals of the government to establish that, by 2020, 10% of electricity consumed is generated from renewable sources such as the sun and the wind, as well as to transform Gozo into an ecological island by the same year. Through this investment, the Ministry for Gozo continues to strengthen its position as one of the leading producers of renewable energy in the country. As a result of this project, the Ministry increased its capacity of renewable energy by 401 kWp, which allows to generate 576,000 kilowatts of renewable energy and reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by 370 tons per year.
The Parliamentary Secretary for the EU Presidency in 2017 and the European Funds, Ian Borg, explained that the total cost of the project amounted to more than €450,000 of which approximately €123,000 were funded by the European Fund for Regional development. Dr Borg stated that apart from saving the government a lot of money, the project will also have an impact on the quality of life for Gozitans. He concluded that in the new financial program, conservation of energy is expected to be a priority again.
Works on all sites, with the exception of the Sports Complex, were concluded in November 2015. In the case of the Sports Complex, the contract in question was awarded in November 2015 and work should be concluded soon.