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Title: Barriers and incentives for the widespread application of renewable energy in Malta
Authors: Farrugia, Robert N.
Fsadni, Mario
Mallia, Edward A.
Yousif, Charles
Keywords: Renewable energy sources -- Malta
Energy policy -- Malta
Clean energy investment -- Malta
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: World Renewable Energy Congress
Citation: Farrugia, R. N., Fsadni, M., Mallia, E. A., & Yousif, C. (2006). Barriers and incentives for the widespread application of renewable energy in Malta. World Renewable Energy Congress IX, Florence.
Abstract: Renewable energies have not been utilised to any significant extent in Malta. Domestic solar water heating seems to have a market penetration of about 8% of all households. Rooftop solar photovoltaic systems run into tens with an overall installed capacity of about 20 kWp. There are no medium or large wind turbines and plans to convert waste to energy are still being considered. The lack of an energy policy has been one of the hurdles, in spite of increasing interest. This paper also identifies other barriers that go beyond economics and politics, such as the general perception of different renewable energy applications. Evaluation of the present incentives is made and a number of measures that may enhance the diffusion of renewables are also proposed.
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