Prime Minister Robert Abela this morning officially inaugurated the largest private photovoltaic plant in Malta which is made up of 16,896 photovoltaic panels spread over an area of 90,000 square meters of land. The plant, located in the area known as Imselliet in the limits of Mġarr, will be generating enough energy for 2,200 homes.
The Prime Minister described this project as a model of how our country should look at the regeneration of quarries and how best to find the balance between development and the environment. He said that these are two crucial elements for our country and that they complement each other. He pointed out that this project is the best example of how smart development can be sustainable and environmentally friendly.
“You can’t love the country’s economic development but set aside the environment,” PM Abela said, reiterating that this project represents this synergy between development and the environment where a quarry has been turned into an environmental project.
Stating that quarries are crucial for our country, he said that they should not be left looking like a gaping hole. He praised the regeneration carried out by the investors of this project, Imselliet Solar, at the site and how it has been transformed into a sustainable project through which clean energy will be created from the sun.
Dr Abela added that this is also a crucial project to achieve the new environmental goals that the European Commission is insisting on, which will not only be taking us towards the year 2030, but also towards the 2050 goal.
The director of Imselliet Solar Ltd, David Zammit spoke of the process carried out over the past years to turn the quarry into the largest photovoltaic plant in Malta whicht will generate around 8,600 KW of energy per year. Mr Zammit said that although the plant is spread over an area of 90,000 square meters of land, the panels are spread over an area of 50,000 square meters with the rest of the land being used for planting about 3,300 trees and for access purposes.