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Solar thermal loses popularity in Malta

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 17, 2018
Malta Subsidy StatisticsThe Mediterranean island of Malta is a paradise for all those who enjoy basking in the sun. But despite the country’s high levels of solar irradiation, its people haven’t yet warmed to solar thermal. A recent study by Malta’s Regulator for Energy and Water Services (REWS) has shown a declining number of new subsidised solar water heaters, while demand for residential PV installations remained high between 2011 and 2016 (see chart based on pp. 9 and 10 of the attached document).
Source: REWS, formerly Malta Resources Authority

Domestic Solar Water Heating: Potential and Challenges in Malta (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on August 17, 2012

Delivered by the University of Malta’s Robert N. Farrugia at Malta’s annual Solar Energy Markets conference, this presentation attempts to quantify the potential for SWH growth in Malta up to 2020. With 10,000 solar water heaters installed in Malta prior to 2008, government grant schemes in following years - culminating in a 40% subsidy for the cost of a heater by 2010 - have significantly increased installations.

Impact of Domestic Solar Water Heating on an Energy Audit of a Residence in Malta (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on January 12, 2010

This short document produced by the Institute for Energy Technology of the University of Malta, presents the results of a study undertaken to investigate the energy consumption of a duplex apartment, using, for that purpose, different energy auditing techniques.

In Malta, the domestic sector takes over 36% of the total energy consumption in the country. The highest demand rates are verified in summer due to space cooling.

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