U.S. Embassy Inaugurates Energy-Savings Project

On October 27, U.S. Ambassador G. Kathleen Hill inaugurated the U.S. Embassy’s new energy-saving photovoltaic and wind turbine systems.  Minister Jose Herrera, Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change, and Ms. Donna McIntire-Byrd, 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 (kW) solar photovoltaic (PV) 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 U.S. embassies around the globe.  She said that U.S. embassies represent the best in American architecture, engineering, technology, sustainability, art, culture and construction execution.

Minister Herrera welcomed the U.S. Embassy’s efforts to protect the local environment.  He said, “The U.S. 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.”