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First solar powered roundabout in Malta

First solar powered roundabout in Malta

A roundabout in the southern village of Ħal Safi is the first solar-powered roundabout in Malta, with all electrical and irrigation features being powered solely by renewable energy, generated by photovoltaic cells.

How does it work?

Solar panels provide energy for the irrigation system that water the several shrubs located on the roundabout, as well as an LED lighting system and the pump that powers the roundabout’s fountain. A number of pollinator-friendly plants, suitable for the Maltese climate and which do not need excessive watering, have also been planted around the roundabout.

It’s estimated that using renewable energy to power both the lights and the irrigation will save around 10kg of C02 emissions every single day. The €56,000 investment, which is the first of its kind in Malta, was announced by environment minister Aaron Farrugia yesterday afternoon.

The roundabout was completely demolished last year and has now been re-instated as part of the renewable energy project. It was carried out by Ambjent Malta, in collaboration with the Safi local council and the environmental landscapes consortium (ELC) as the contractor.

“This project is a small example of how local councils and other entities can come together to create sustainable projects – in this case, coupling renewable energy with urban embellishment to set an example, improve our urban landscape, benefit pollinators and reap the benefits of solar energy,” said the minister.

In 2021, said the minister, Ambjent Malta invested over €350,000 for new embellishment projects with ELC.

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