The Malta Independent 16 July 2020, Thursday

More investment needed in green technology, renewable energy - Joe Mizzi

Friday, 10 November 2017, 08:04 Last update: about 4 years ago

Minister for Energy and Water Management Joe Mizzi said that Utilities must strive to improve their energy efficiencies by optimizing current practices, investing in greener technology and of course invest in renewable energy.

He said that in view of this, the Water Services Corporation has embarked on a project, in conjunction with the Energy and Water Agency for the construction of a photovoltaic farm on one of its largest reservoirs in Fiddien, Rabat, and two more large scales PV projects are now in the pipeline.

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Whilst addressing the European Benchmarking Cooperation workshop, which this year is being hosted in Malta, Minister Mizzi said that the WSC has continuously invested to reduce the energy requirements for desalination through the introduction of energy recovery systems, variable frequency drives, and more efficient processes and machinery. 

The EBC is an industry-based initiative for water and waste water services. Their mission is to facilitate water and waste water utilities in the continuous process of improving, innovating and raising transparency.

We are proud that EBC has accepted our invitation to host this year’s event, specifically in the smallest Member State of the European Union,” Minister Mizzi said.

He said that the supply of potable water has always been a problem for the Maltese Islands due to our semi-dry climate and small geographical size. Since the sixteenth century, Malta resorted to storage of rain water and exploitation of the islands’ limited natural springs and ground water aquifers to survive. Some of these systems were ground-breaking at the time and now form part of our vast cultural heritage. As the population grew and demand on water resources spiralled, Malta resorted to desalination to be able to meet the demand and the quality requirements for safe drinking water.

The Maltese Government, has over the past years, sought to improve the quality of the service provided by the Water Services Corporation (WSC).

 

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