Malta plans to increase its share of renewable energy technologies in its gross final energy consumption to 11.5% by 2030. In the electricity sector, the share of renewables is planned to rise to 11% by 2030 (Malta NECP, 2019). In comparison, as of 2019, the share of renewable energy in the final energy consumption was 8.5% and the share of renewables in the electricity sector was 8.04% (Eurostat, nrg_ind_ren).
The growth potential and the biggest increase foreseen is for solar energy. Both rooftop PV and brownfield sites for ground-mounted PV will continue to be given priority.
In the Maltese NECP, neither onshore nor offshore wind energy are included as a viable renewable technology option contributing to Malta’s renewable energy objectives for the EU’s 2030 target (NECP, 2019).
Sequential order of process steps
1. Site selection process
2. Electricity production license process is intertwined with the administrative authorization processes.
3. Grid connection permit process.
The Malta Planning Authority
Regulator for Energy and Water Services (REWS)