1,900 solar panels which are being installed on the roof of a reservoir in Qrendi will generate enough electricity between them for 250 families. This project is one of a series of other projects being carried out so that spaces on Government entities such as the roofs of reservoirs, can be changed into solar farms.
Over a stretch of 5,000 metres squared, the roof of the reservoir at Ta’ San Niklaw in Qrendi is currently being covered by solar panels. Water Services Corporation engineer Trustin Farrugia Cann, explained that, “they will be generating around 1 million kilowatts an hour yearly and this will cater for around 250 residences at an investment of around one million Euro.”
This project is being carried out as a partnership between WSC and the Chamber for Small to Medium enterprises through the company Malta Energy which was set up three years ago. The Chamber’s President, Paul Abela, said that this company temporarily manages the Government’s spaces and entities, and transforms them into solar farms.
“These belong to the country obviously so that Malta can meet its environmental targets by 2050 and residents will benefit because eventually we will carry out a project for residents who do not have their own roofs and have nowhere to install solar panels.”
A similar project is being carried out on four reservoirs at Ta’ Ċenċ, Gozo. With the Qrendi solar farm, the country will now have a total of five reservoirs which are generating clean energy. Between them they will generate enough electricity for 750 residences.
During a visit to the site, the Minister for Energy, Miriam Dalli praised the project and said that the Government is committed to investing more in clean energy.