US Em­bassy in­au­gu­rates en­ergy-sav­ings project

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

US Am­bas­sador G. Kath­leen Hill yes­ter­day in­au­gu­rated the US Em­bassy’s new en­ergy-sav­ing pho­to­voltaic and wind tur­bine sys­tems.

Min­is­ter Jose Her­rera, Min­is­ter of Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment, the En­vi­ron­ment and Cli­mate Change, and Donna McIn­tireByrd, Chief of En­ergy and Sus­tain­able De­sign at the Depart­ment of State’s Bu­reau of Overseas Build­ings Op­er­a­tions, also par­tic­i­pated in the cer­e­mony.

The event cel­e­brated the con­clu­sion of a wider project, which in­cludes a 350-kilo­watt so­lar pho­to­voltaic in­stal­la­tion, a wind tur­bine and a so­lar pool heater. The project will pro­duce re­new­able en­ergy year-round, tak­ing ad­van­tage of Malta’s abun­dant wind and sun­shine.

The Depart­ment of State con­tracted So­lar So­lu­tions Ltd. (Malta) to com­plete the project.

Am­bas­sador Hill said, “Re­new­able en­ergy in­stal­la­tions are tan­gi­ble demon­stra­tions of Amer­ica’s val­ues and com­mit­ment to the en­vi­ron­ment, help­ing to re­duce the U.S. gov­ern­ment’s en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print and cut car­bon emis­sions.”

Ms McIn­tire-Byrd gave ex­am­ples of Overseas Build­ings Op­er­a­tions’ en­vi­ron­men­tal ef­forts at US em­bassies around the globe. She said that US em­bassies rep­re­sent the best in Amer­i­can ar­chi­tec­ture, en­gi­neer­ing, tech­nol­ogy, sus­tain­abil­ity, art, cul­ture and con­struc­tion ex­e­cu­tion.

Min­is­ter Her­rera wel­comed the US Em­bassy’s ef­forts to pro­tect the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment. He said, “The US Em­bassy is to be com­mended for its com­mit­ment to en­hanc­ing its en­vi­ron­men­tal cre­den­tials. Th­ese projects, which uti­lize re­new­able en­er­gies, help Malta ad­dress its cli­mate change tar­gets and ob­jec­tives.”

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