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ERDF 088: Promotion of Renewable Energy Sources in the Domestic Sector

Project Cost: €14,573,886
Beneficiary: Regulator for Energy and Water Services
Line Ministry: Office of the Prime Minister (Energy and Projects)
Start Date: 2008
End Date: 2015

Non Technical Short Summary Of Project

The RES support scheme has provided a financial support to cover part of the costs of RES equipment used in the domestic sector (solar water heater and photovoltaic panels). Available funds have been allocated according to the type of equipment purchased. An education campaign focusing on reducing energy usage was operated in line with these schemes.

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 overall objective of the project is the increased use of RES and energy efficient equipment coupled with a decrease in energy patterns, leading to a cleaner and healthier environment (resulting from decreased dependence on traditional energy sources and emissions from the burning of fuels from traditional energy sources). The objective of the education campaign is to induce a market transformation where the demand for RES equipment will increase as a result of public perception on energy saving and acquisition of RES equipment.

Project Results

By the end of this scheme, the total annual electricity generated from residential PV installations is 13,833 MWH/ annum for Malta and 7,511.84 MWH / annum for Gozo. By the end of the operation, 1420m2 of Solar Water Heaters were installed. Thus, the scheme has contributed towards Malta’s 10% energy target by 2020.

Project Purpose

1) Improvement in energy efficiency and reduction in traditional energy sources;
2) Increasing the share of renewable energy in the energy mix;
3) Reduction of green house gas emissions;
4) Reduction in energy usage patterns; and
5) Less reliability on traditional sources of energy and on foreign energy provision