SME Chamber

Another €20M for domestic photovoltaic installations

 GRTU welcomes the announcement of the Fourteenth Call for Project Proposals under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under Priority Axis 4-Climate Change and resource Efficiency- issued by PPCD and for which an information session was held today.
From feedback obtained so far about interest shown in the call, it is
clear that GRTU is right to believe that a €20M scheme by MRA targeting
domestic photovoltaic installations has a high probability of success,
although it heavily depends on the quality of the application submitted
by MRA.

Noel Gauci, president of the renewable energy section within GRTU, believes however that MRA is capable of submitting another excellent application because it has sufficient expertise and experience to do so, and therefore there is very high probability that their application will be accepted once again.

This is very good news for Malta as such a scheme would boost the chances of Malta reaching its 2020 targets, although it will be a little late for Malta to reach its target of 2% average by end of 2012. It is obviously also very good for the families who want to invest in photovoltaic panels as a measure to lower their energy bills, and for the Maltese renewable energy sector because it should ensure enough work for 2013 and first half of 2014.

Mr. Gauci takes this opportunity to thank the PPCD for the confidence they have always shown in the sector by investing millions, and MRA for the way it applied and achieved funding in the past years under previous PPCD calls. According to Mr. Gauci, the MRA has been exemplary in the way it managed the last domestic photovoltaic scheme. Mr. Gauci also encouraged the MRA to keep up the good work so that another €20M are secured for the sector as being proposed by GRTU and to manage the next scheme in the same way as it managed the last one. He also encouraged all stakeholders to come together to ensure that installations are of good quality and processes involved run smoothly. Amongst the stakeholders directly involved are MEPA, ARMS and Enemalta.

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