Communal Photovoltaic Farm
A total of 366 applicants have been accepted to form part of the first national communal PV project, which aims at providing the same benefits of having a PV system installed within an individual’s household. Earnings are scheduled on a six month basis and all customers forming part of the scheme were selected on the basis that they do not have access to a private roof and thus cannot install a PV system.
Through the installation of approximately 3700 panels, with a total capacity of 997kWp, a generation of about 1500MWh annually is being predicted. This installation will also contribute in reaching the National Renewable Target.
For the realisation of the project, the Energy & Water Agency has collaborated effectively with the Water Services Corporation, especially in the issuance of the construction tender for the actual PV farm which is situated in Rabat, Fiddien.
Retrofitting Street Lighting
An application to obtain EU funds for the project “Retrofitting of Street Lighting in Arterial and Distributor Roads in Malta with Energy Efficient LED Luminaries”, costing in total approximately 2.3 million EUR, was approved at the start of 2017. The project’s main scope is that of reducing energy consumption by approximately 1,600MWh annual primary energy and greenhouse gas emissions by about 640 tonnes. Work on the preparation of the required tenders for the actual implementation of the project has been completed and the tender has been issued. Through this project, 3083 street lamps in arterial and distributor roads will be retrofitted with LEDs.
Replacement of Appliances for Vulnerable People
After conducting circa 1000 house visits nationwide in 2016, the Energy & Water Agency came to the conclusion that the highest number of people benefiting from such visits are people classified as vulnerable in the Maltese social strata. Hence a decision was taken to zoom in on vulnerable people through a tailor made scheme which (i) identified vulnerable households, (ii) conducted home visits and provided advice on how to consume less energy and water, and (iii) if merited (depending on the condition of the appliance) swap the most inefficient appliance with a new model.
The concept of this scheme consists in fusing social and energy policy, being in line with the EU Commission recommendation that energy efficiency is an ideal tool to empower vulnerable energy consumers. Thus, the Agency in collaboration with LEAP carried out 470 house visits, out of which, 277 households qualified for the replacement scheme, as an old and inefficient domestic appliance was found to be used by the individual. This appliance, being a washing machine, an air-conditioning unit or a refrigerator, was replaced with a new energy efficient model, free of charge. Apart from enhancing such families’ standard of living and lowering their energy bills, the measure will also offset 20 tons of C02 emissions through energy savings.