Most buildings managed by Gozo Ministry now run on renewable energy
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The Minister for Gozo, Dr Anton Refalo and the Parliamentary Secretary for the EU Presidency in 2017 and European Funds, Ian Borg inaugurated a project for the installation of panels on public buildings administered by the Ministry for Gozo.
"The majority of public buildings managed by the Ministry for Gozo has been equipped with facilities of renewable energy to make them less dependent on conventional sources for their energy needs," the Minister for Gozo said.
Public buildings which have had panels installed are the Government Experimental Farm, the cold stores, the NGO Centre, the office of the Public Land Registry, the Pitkali, Manufacturing and Services Section, Administration Centre, the abbatoir, and the Gozo Sports Complex. The latter was included in the scope of the project due to the savings accumulated after the panels were installed on eight other properties, the Ministry for Gozo said.
Dr Refalo reiterated that this project will help achieve the goals of the Government to establish that, by 2020, 10% of the electricity consumed is generated from renewable sources such as the sun and the wind, as well as 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," he said.
"As a result of this project, the Ministry increased its capacity of renewable energy b'401 kWp, which allows it to generate 576,000 kilowatts of renewable energy and reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by 370 tons per year."
Dr Ian Borg explained that the total cost of the project amounted to more than € 450,000 -of which approximately € 123 000 was funded by the European Fund for Regional development.
"This project will contribute to reducing the effects of climate change, will impact on the quality of life and help in cleaner air for residents of Gozo." Dr Borg concluded by saying that in the new financial programme, energy conservation is expected to again be a priority.
Works on all sites, with the exception of Sports Complex Gozo, were concluded in November 2015. In the latter case, the contract in question was awarded in November 2015 and work should be concluded soon, the Ministry for Gozo said.
Photograph: MGOZ/George Scerri