U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Malta, G. Kathleen Hill, presided over the dedication of an energy-savings project at the U.S. Embassy in Valletta today, joined by the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) and local officials.
The project includes three photovoltaic solar power systems, a small wind turbine, and a solar pool heater. The Department of State contracted with Solar Solutions Ltd. of Malta for the project, which began in 2015.
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. Together, the new renewable energy systems will produce an estimated 509,000 kWh of green energy annually. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, this is equivalent to the power needs of 47 private U.S. homes.
OBO’s mission is to provide safe, secure, and functional facilities that represent the U.S. Government to the host nation and support our staff in the achievement of U.S. foreign policy objectives. These facilities should represent American values and the best in American architecture, engineering, technology, sustainability, art, culture, and construction execution.
For further information, please contact Christine Foushee at FousheeCT@state.gov, or visit www.state.gov/obo.
Source: U.S. State Department.