Medserv, an oil and gas company, inaugurated Malta’s first solar farm, which is capable of pushing enough electricity into the national grid to serve the needs of 800 homes.
The company covered its roof tops at Kalafrana – an area of 20,000 square metres – with 8,000 PV panels at a cost of more than €4 million.
The farm will be producing 9,600 daily kilowatt hours of electricity, equivalent to that consumed by 800 homes.
The system will be saving more than 3,100 tonnes of carbon emissions a year, equivalent of 520,000 trees.
The government was confident that with a series of projects in the pipeline, the island would be able to reach stringent EU targets of producing five per cent of its energy demands from renewable sources by 2015.
The government intended to convert the roof tops of a number of factories in its industrial estates to solar and wind farms.