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ERDF 193: Gozo Diocese’s contribution to turn Gozo into an Eco-Island

Project Cost: €63,984
Beneficiary: Gozo Diocese
Line Ministry: N/A
Start Date: 2010
End Date: 2012

Non Technical Short Summary Of Project

The supply & installation of photovoltaic systems (PV) and the connection to the internal electrical grid. The investment includes:- PV panels, Inverter, Cabling & accessories, Energy metering system, Grid Integration, Certification

Operational Programme: OPI Investing in Competitiveness for a Better Quality of Life ERDF
Fund: European Regional Development Fund
Operational Objective: To promote the use of RES and energy efficiency and reduction in the use of non-renewable energy sources;
Priority Axis: PA4 Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change
Focus Area Of Intervention: OPIPA4 Energy

Project Objectives

The project's aim is to reduce the carbon footprint of the Maltese Islands to help in the fight against climate change. The Gozo Diocese wants to set an example as an important stakeholder in the local community and focusing on the needs of sustainable development. According to, "The proposal for a national energy policy", published in May 2009, the Maltese Government has addressed Gozo as a pilot location for Renewable Energy Sources at a district level. Therefore our proposed project will also help to reach the Government's target to promote Gozo as an eco-island and achieve Malta's final target of 10% of renewable energy share in the final consumption of 2020. [Energy policy for Malta chapter 2A.4 page 15]

Project Results

1) An average power generation of 75,108 kWh per annum;2) A reduction of 65,341.40 kg of CO2 per annum from being emitted into the atmosphere.3) The promotion of environmental awareness and potential investment growth in RES within the Maltese Islands through Gozo Diocese’s Website, Sunday Bulletins and Monthly Publication ‘ Il-Hajja f’Ghawdex’. Apart from these, Gozo Diocese will make use of Seven Radio Stations based in Gozo Parishes.

Project Purpose

The installation of a grid-connected PV system to supply electrical energy to the local networks. These will be installed on the roof-tops of:-1) Bishop’s Curia, Republic Street, Victoria, 2) Good Shepherd Pastoral Centre, 31st March Street, Victoria, 3) Munxar Parish Centre, Triq il-Madonna tal-Karmnu, Munxar.4) Ghajnsielem Parish Centre, Triq J.F. de Chambray, Ghajnsielem5) Ghajnsielem Parish Church, Pjazza id-Dehra ta’ Loreto, Ghajnsielem