On Monday, Transport Minister Ian Borg announced that solar panels will be installed on top of route buses in an effort to reduce the carbon footprint from vehicle emissions.
Borg added that €40 million in EU funds will be used for this purpose. This came alongside the inauguration of a pilot project at Zarb Coaches, which will also see their private buses powered through solar panels.
The pilot project is being run alongside Malta Public Transport. Solar panels have also been installed on two route buses.
Borg explained that through the investment, diesel consumption will reduce by 8-10 per cent annually. The 800 Wp solar panels will push up electricity generation from solar panels, leading to an annual saving of 2,680kg of CO2 emissions.