Frank Salt Real Estate is pleased to announce that 454 PV solar panels have been installed on the roof of Inspire’s premises in Marsascala and are now connected to the grid and generating electricity.
The project kicked-off in 2019, which saw considerable preparations carried out to facilitate the installation of the panels. The existing pipework and air-conditioning infrastructure at roof level had to be removed and relayed so that a new membrane could be laid. Given that a substantial part of Inspire’s roof consisted of a slope, a new steel structure to support the panels over the sloping area was commissioned from a German company.
Fully funded by Frank Salt Real Estate, the €120,000 project is estimated to generate over 253,000 units of power, resulting in an annual cost saving of €45,000 for The Inspire Foundation.
The Inspire Foundation works with children and adults with disabilities, providing programs and services, to help these persons reach their full potential.
“This is truly an incredible initiative, one that gives us the courage and support to keep providing services to people with disability and their families. Particulary in such challenging times, when most of our income channels have been impacted, saving up on electricity costs will allow us to allocate more towards the services we provide, to ensure continuity of care for all our service-users. We thank Frank Salt Estate for acknowledging the work we do and for supporting the foundation in a way that makes it significantly more environmentally and financially sustainable” stated Antonello Gauci, Inspire CEO.
The initiative forms part of several projects that Frank Salt Real Estate’s ‘Let’s Go Environmental’ drive has taken up over the last few years aimed at safeguarding and contributing towards the wellbeing of Malta’s environment. Other activities include a 1000-tree afforestation project in the whereabouts of Fort Madliena, as well as the maintenance of 4 public gardens in Swieqi and Ibrag.
“It’s great to see that the panels are now connected to the grid and generating power for Inspire’s premises. The timing was probably right as Inspire needs assistance now more than ever before and the 450 panels are expected to generate approximately 253,000 KW per annum. This was our largest CSR exercise to date and we are proud to have been able to give something back on this scale” said director Grahame Salt.
The company has also instilled its corporate social responsibility amongst its team members, with beach clean ups becoming a regular occurrence in Frank Salt Real Estate’s calendar of events. It has also invested extensively to reduce its own carbon footprint, by reducing the quantity of paper and opting for recyclable materials where possible throughout its head office and branch network.