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Here are some of the most frequently-asked questions

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Are solar panels an expensive and risky investment?2023-02-08T19:24:04+01:00

In reality, the opposite is true. Thanks to recent advances in PV technology, reduction in solar panels’ prices and substantial government incentives, investment in a solar energy system today is one of the MOST lucrative and secure investment options available.

For example, with Virtue Solaris special offers, one can invest as little as €1,700 in a high quality PV system, which will provide up to 35% annual return on investment. This investment is completely SECURE due to feed-in tariff incentives provided by the government, and due to long term guarantees on power performance of PV panels and other PV system components.

More on return on investment in PV at Virtue Solaris.

Are solar panels easy to maintain in Malta?2023-08-28T12:53:32+01:00

Yes, solar panels are relatively easy to maintain in Malta. They require some basic cleaning to remove dust or debris that may accumulate on the surface, especially after periods of high winds or storms. However, the frequency of such maintenance is usually low.

The hot and sunny climate in Malta makes it ideal for solar energy production. Its geographic location ensures it gets abundant sunlight throughout the year, which ensures the high efficiency of the panels. Furthermore, most solar panels are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions, including heat and humidity, thereby reducing the need for extensive maintenance.

It’s important to note that any technical check-up or system repairs should be done by a qualified professional to ensure the longevity and efficiency of your solar panels. Regular inspections could also help to identify any potential issues early on.

While solar panels are generally easy to maintain, specific maintenance requirements can vary depending on the type of solar panel system installed, so it’s best to consult about a maintenance plan.

Are solar panels worth it in Malta?2023-03-04T03:48:52+01:00

Yes, solar panels in Malta can be a good investment. Malta has high levels of sunlight and is one of the world’s leading countries for solar energy production. Solar panels can help to reduce your electricity bills, reduce your carbon footprint, and provide a renewable source of energy. The government also offers a number of incentives and subsidies to encourage people to install solar panels, so it can be a cost-effective option.

Can a solar panel run a fridge?2023-05-23T08:24:54+01:00

Yes, a solar panel can run a fridge, but the size and capacity of the solar panel required to do so would depend on the wattage of the fridge, as well as on other factors such as whether the system is grid-connected, hybrid or off-grid.

Virtue Solaris offers great options for grid-connected, hybrid, and off-grid systems.


Can solar panels be damaged by hail, wind or rain?2023-02-08T19:28:19+01:00

PV panels offered by Virtue Solaris are certified to withstand extreme windloads of up to 2400Pa, which is approximately equivalent to a force of 240 kg per square meter!

Such solar panels can resist direct impact of huge hail balls of up to 5cm in diameter, thrown at speeds of up to 100 km/h.

Of course, resistance against wind also depends on the quality of materials and workmanship of the installation.

Virtue Solaris PV systems utilize only the highest quality hot dip galvanized steel or anodized aluminium mounting brackets, which are designed to withstand windspeeds of up to 52 m/s. This is more than a hurricane-force wind speeds that have never been recorded in Malta!

Can solar panels survive hail?2023-05-23T08:12:01+01:00

Yes, solar panels can survive hail. Solar panels are designed to withstand extreme weather conditions, including hail. The front cover of solar panels is made of specially treated tempered glass, which is designed to withstand impact from hail. Solar panels offered by Virtue Solaris are rigorously tested and certified to withstand static and dynamic loads including extreme wind pressure and impact of hail. Latest models of solar panels offered by Virtue Solaris have been tested under most rigorous conditions, and have scored amongst top performing solar panels under PV Evolution Lab’s Reliability Scorecard.

Can solar panels work at night?2023-03-04T13:49:22+01:00

No, solar panels do not work at night. Solar panels rely on sunlight to generate electricity. At night, when there is no sunlight, solar panels are not able to produce electricity.

Can you run a house on solar power alone?2023-03-04T03:54:09+01:00

Yes, it is possible to run a house on solar power alone. However, it depends on the size of the house and how much solar energy is available. In some cases, certain appliances may require a backup source of power, such as a battery storage unit.

Do solar panels attract lightning?2023-05-23T08:31:45+01:00

Whilst solar panels do not specifically attract lighting, it must be borne in mind that lightning is a powerful force of nature that can strike the highest point in an area exposed to thunderstorm, regardless of whether there are solar panels or not.

If a solar panels system is not installed properly, currents induced by lighting strikes can potentially damage the solar PV system.

Solar panels systems installed by Virtue Solaris incorporate latest protection technology, including proper protective earthing (PE), overcurrent protection, current leakage protection, arc fault protection and surge protection that can minimize possibility of of damage in an event of a thunderstorm. That said, it is always a good idea to have insurance coverage for a solar PV system.

Do solar panels have a very long payback period?2023-02-08T19:25:27+01:00

Most PV systems offered by Virtue Solaris have a payback period of around 3 years. This means that the investment would fully pay back for itself in only 36 months, and after that solar panels will continue to generate revenue over many years to come!

Indeed PV panels offered by Virtue Solaris have a certified and guaranteed performance benchmark over 25-30 year period.

Do solar panels need to be serviced?2023-03-04T13:48:38+01:00

No, solar panels do not need to be serviced directly. However, the solar panel system as a whole needs to be checked and maintained regularly. This includes checking the wiring, connections, and mounting hardware, as well as cleaning the panels periodically to ensure optimal performance.

Do solar panels reduce bills in Malta?2023-03-07T15:47:30+01:00

Yes, solar panels can reduce, and sometimes totally eliminate energy bills in Malta. Households with solar panels can expect to reduce their electricity bills by up to 100%. This can be achieved through net metering, which credits households for the electricity they generate from their solar panels and consume from the grid, as well as from self-consumption of solar energy produced by solar panels. What’s more, solar panels can increase residential property value for Maltese properties by 5% and more!

Do solar panels save a lot of electricity in Malta?2023-05-23T08:43:59+01:00

Yes, solar panels can save a lot of electricity in Malta. Malta has some of the best conditions in Europe for solar installations due to its very sunny climate.

Solar PV systems can provide an opportunity to save significantly on electricity bills, and can significantly reduce the emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

Do solar panels work in winter?2023-03-04T03:54:53+01:00

Yes, solar panels can still generate electricity in the winter. However, their efficiency will be reduced since there is less sunlight available. In addition, clouds and dust can cover the solar panels, reducing their ability to generate energy.

Do you have anything for off-grid, like a field?2023-05-23T08:57:59+01:00

Yes, in stock at Virtue Solaris, buy it online today!

Whether you have a boat, a camper, a rural room or a summer retreat without connection to electrical grid, or any place where connection to the grid is unreliable, we do offer a range of Bluetti’s unique portable off-grid solar generators that will give you a solution for your off-grid power needs.

Do you offer solar carports?2023-05-23T09:00:52+01:00

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Does exposure to elements degrades solar panel performance?2023-05-23T09:02:59+01:00

In actual fact, some of the earliest commercial PV systems installed back in 1970s still generate electricity to this day.

Some of the PV panels offered by Virtue Solaris are certified to provide not less than 80% of their initial rated power output even after a staggering 30 year period!

How does a battery storage system works?2023-02-22T02:10:44+01:00

It can work as follows:

  • As a conventional grid-tied PV system, where excess power produced by PV panels is stored for own consumption;or
  • As a grid-tied system but with emergency power backup to important loads when grid power is not available; or
  • As a pure off-grid system that can provide constant power to any circuit not connected with the main grid supply.

The battery comes with an incredible 10 year warranty, and a guaranteed design life of over 6,000 charge-discharge cycles. That’s more than 16 years if used daily!

How long do solar panels last?2023-03-07T15:38:03+01:00

Solar panels typically last around 30 years and more. Depending on exact model and brand, high quality solar panels offered by Virtue Solaris have 25 – 30 year performance warranties.

How many solar panels do you need per house in Malta?2023-09-13T14:23:50+01:00

The number of solar panels needed for a house in Malta can vary greatly based on the energy consumption of the home and the wattage of the solar panels. The average home in Malta consumes around 6000 kWh per year. A typical 4kWp PV system consisting of 7 solar panels of 570W each or 8 panels of 505W each would offset this consumption. However, this is just an average estimate, and the actual number will depend on the exact solar panels used, their efficiency, the amount of sunlight in your specific location, and your personal energy usage. Contact Virtue Solaris for a specific quote.

How much do solar panels cost in Malta?2023-05-23T08:47:11+01:00

The cost of solar panels in Malta varies depending on the type of solar panel and its size. Generally, a typical single phase 4.04kWp PV system would cost around €3,220 after government grant, with the average prices for solar panels systems ranging from about €800 to over €1,000 per kW of installed capacity, depending on exact specifications.

Check out Virtue Solaris solar panels offers for more information

How much does a single solar panel cost in Malta?2023-03-07T15:41:49+01:00

The cost of a single solar panel in Malta can vary based on the type, size and brand of the solar panel. Generally, the cost for a single panel of a standard solar panel ranges from around €200 to over €400. If you need just one, two or more solar panels of a specific type for your DIY solar project, check out our range of “loose” solar panels available form our Malta stock for immediate order online!

How much money do you need to buy solar panels in Malta?2023-05-23T08:40:36+01:00

The cost of solar panels in Malta will depend on the size, type, and quality of the system you choose. On average, a typical 4kW grid connected solar system can cost anywhere between €6,000 and €8,000, including installation. But the net amount of investment one would need to pay would be much less than that value, due to government grants and incentives available.

The average cost of a typical single phase PV system in Malta is around €3,220, after government grant, and can vary between about €800 to over €1,000 per kWp of solar panels installed, depending on actual set up, mounting arrangements, length and passage of cables, and choice of equipment. 

Check out our latest PV offers here. Due to various financing options available, it is often possible to acquire a top quality solar panels system with no upfront cost and virtually for free!

How sun power works for Malta?2023-05-23T08:19:30+01:00

Solar power works very well in Malta because this Mediterranean island nation receives an average of 3,000 hours of sunshine every year making it one of the sunniest places in Europe. Solar power is an attractive option for people living in Malta because it does not rely on fuels or emissions, is cost effective and can be easily integrated into existing energy systems. Solar panels are widely used on rooftops across the island to harness the sun‘s power and generate electricity. This electricity can then be used to power electrical appliances and lighting within homes and businesses. Solarpowered hot water systems are also popular in Malta, providing a costeffective and efficient way to generate hot water without the need for chemical fuels or energy.

How to get free solar panels from the government of Malta?2023-03-07T15:50:00+01:00

Maltese government offers various financial incentives and government grants for those who want to install solar panels on their properties. These incentives are designed to help reduce the upfront costs associated with the installation of a solar energy system, making it more accessible and affordable for consumers. Coupled with other available financing incentives for solar panels in Malta, it is sometimes possible to acquire solar panels with no upfront investment and virtually for free!

Contact Virtue Solaris for more information.

Important things to think about when buying a portable solar power station2023-09-13T12:35:09+01:00

First, one should assess and define the main objective for using a portable solar power station according to one’s needs. Do I need portable power supply for my camping gear? Do I need backup power for my home appliances in case of power cuts? Do I need to power up equipment on board a boat or camper van? What type of equipment do I want to power up, and for how long? Are you looking to charge small devices like smartphones and tablets, or do you need a powerhouse to run larger appliances?

Once objectives are clear, the most important factors to consider are:

Power capacity of the battery: Measured in watt-hours (Wh) this defines the amount of energy that the power station can store. For example, Bluetti EB55 model has 537Wh battery. Therefore, if I need to power up a fan that consumes around 50 watts per hour, EB55 would have enough charge to keep the fan running for around 10 hours.

Charging options: all Bluetti solar power stations are capable of being charged either from the grid, or from solar panels. Many Bluetti models also offer additional charging options such as charging from a vehicle through cigarette lighter 12V socket, or from a lead acid battery, or from conventional generator. When it comes to charging versatility, important factors to consider when choosing the right Bluetti model are: charging power rate when charging from the grid and charging voltage & current limits when charging from direct current sources such as solar panel.

For example, Bluetti AC200MAX power station comes with a 500W charger that allows fast charging from a normal home socket. This power station has 2,048Wh battery, and therefore full charging from the grid can take around 4 hours. However the same model can also be charged from up to 900W of solar panels, with open circuit voltage ranging from 10Vdc to 145Vdc and maximum charging current of 15A.

Therefore if you have two solar panels of 450W each connected in series, and each solar panel has open circuit voltage of say 50Vdc, and provided that solar panels are perfectly oriented and exposed to strong sunlight, you can recharge AC200 max in less than 3hrs using solar power alone.

However models like AC200 Max are also capable of dual charging mode, that is charging from the grid and from solar power simultaneously!

Moreover, you can use your Bluetti to power up your appliances whilst at the same time recharging the power station! For example, if your AC200 MAX is connected to solar panels which provide an average of say 1,000Wh of solar energy during daylight hours, and you’re simultaneously using this power to run a fridge (or any other appliance) that consumes the same amount of energy in 24 hour period; essentially you have an endless and renewable source of power for your appliance which is being replenished each and every day!

Besides battery capacity and charging power, specifications of inbuilt inverter are extremely important. If you need to use domestic appliances that run on 230V AC (alternating current) power, your power station must have an inverter of the right size to convert direct current (DC) from the battery to alternating current (AC). There are two important parameters when it comes to inverter: maximum steady power output, and maximum peak surge capability.

Maximum steady power output is the amount of power that the inverter can draw from the battery and convert to alternating current at any one time. For example, if you intent to use appliances that consume up to 1kW (1,000 Watts) of power, you would need power station with inverter capable of at least 1kW steady output. If you plug in a higher load than specified inverter power, the power station would not work. Likewise, if you’re connecting multiple loads that cumulatively exceed inverter rated power, the power station will shut down as a precaution, and will need to be restarted once total load is reduced.

Apart from steady output, another important inverter parameter is peak surge power. Different types of appliances use electricity differently.

For example inductive loads like compressors in fridges or airconditioners, or water pumps, can draw higher current (Amps) to kick start, and then level up their power draw to rated input. Sometimes the current needing to start an electric motor say in a water pump can be up to 5 times greater than rated power of the appliance. For example a 200Watt rated water pump can take up to 1,000W and even more for a second or so just to start operating. Therefore you should choose Bluetti generator model with peak power surge rating appropriate for your appliances. For example Bluetti AC300 model can supply up to 3kW steady power output, but is also capable of powering up to 6kW load in a brief surge. Models such as EB3A, EB55, AC200 MAX, AC300 and AC500 are capable of peak surge output which is twice as high as rated output.

Another important factor when selecting the right Bluetti model for you is size, weight and portability. Do you always need your Bluetti on the go? Is it something that needs to be carried frequently by hand, or would it need to remain in a fixed place in a vehicle, building or boat? Bluetti has a great range of models, from the most compact, like EB3A, EB55 or EB70, to larger but still portable models like AC200 MAX, or even larger and slightly less portable power beasts like AC300 and AC500!

Besides technical factors that you need to consider when selecting the right Bluetti model, certainly one would also consider the overall value of owning a solar power station. Are portable power stations worth it?

The answer to this question is definitely a yes!

This is because the utility of a solar power station extends well beyond the convenience of having reliable power supply on the move. A solar power station can sometimes be the only available or feasible source of power when a power cut strikes your home or office; or the only way of providing energy in an off-grid location, or the cheaper and more sustainable alternative to conventional combustion  engine generator.

Portable solar power stations aren’t just for outdoor enthusiasts. They prove their worth indoors as well, especially during power outages. Prepare in advance by charging the station, and when the lights go out unexpectedly, you won’t be left in the dark. Cook your meals, play games, or stay updated on social media – all possible with the stored electricity in your trusty portable power station.

The versatility and reliability of these power-packed companions make them a smart investment for anyone seeking to stay powered up both in the great outdoors and during unforeseen emergencies. So, whether you’re an avid camper or just want to stay prepared for power outages, a portable power station is undoubtedly a valuable addition to your tech arsenal.

Virtue Solaris offers a range of state of the art portable solar power stations manufactured by BLUETTI, a world leader in portable power technology. Visit our online store here.

Is 4.04 kWp enough to power a house in Malta?2023-03-07T19:27:23+01:00

Yes, 4.04 kWp is generally enough to offset average power consumption of a typical family household in Malta. However, energy consumption is highly specific to each household, and it is often the case that in order to completely offset energy consumption, a larger, or smaller PV system with or without battery storage may be required. You can always refer to us for free consultation regarding your energy needs and a perfect solar system to address your specific requirements!

One should also consider that peak energy consumption tends to occur in the evenings, when solar power may not be sufficient, whilst peak solar generation happens around mid-day, when household consumption may not be too high. Therefore consumption and energy generation do not coincide in time, which implies that some of the excess solar energy ends up being exported to the grid, whilst at other times, household would still need to import electricity. In order to maximise as much as possible the use of own produced solar energy, one would need to consider a battery energy storage system, which would store excess solar energy generated during the day, and release this energy on demand in the evening, or at times when solar power may not be sufficient.

Is buying solar panels worth it in Malta?2023-03-07T15:58:04+01:00

Yes, buying solar panels in Malta is definitely worth it. Malta has some of the best conditions for solar power in Europe, with an average of around 3,200 hours of sunshine every year and a high level of solar radiation. Additionally, the cost of electricity in Malta is moderate, making solar a more attractive option than other forms of energy.

Finally, the Maltese government offers generous incentives to homeowners who install solar panels, including grants, tax credits, and net-metering. All of these factors make investing in solar a great option for homeowners in Malta.

Is solar a good investment for Malta?2023-08-28T12:53:58+01:00

Yes, solar is a good investment for Malta. Given that Malta enjoys around 300 days of sunshine every year, solar panels can generate significant amounts of energy. The government also offers support schemes for those who install photovoltaic systems at their homes or businesses.

In addition, investing in solar energy could lead to significant savings on electricity bills. Despite the initial costs of installation, solar panels have long lifespans and can generate returns over time.

The use of solar power also aligns with Malta’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions and promoting renewable energy. By shifting towards cleaner energy sources, Malta can also reduce its dependence on fossil fuels.

However, it is recommended to conduct a site-specific assessment to understand the potential costs and benefits accurately. Depending on the location, the size of the installed system can greatly influence the viability of the investment.

The more power a solar panel has – the better?2023-05-23T08:51:51+01:00

This is one of the most common misconceptions about PV, and one that has often misguided many consumers into unnecessarily spending more money on higher powered panels they do not really need.

Indeed a PV system consisting of higher powered panels does NOT necessarily provide an overall better value compared with a system consisting of less powerful panels. More often than not, the opposite is true!

Firstly, it is worth noting that under current regulations, the maximum permissible power output of a PV system allowed on a single phase is limited to 3.68 kW AC. This means that no matter how many solar panels one would wish to install on single phase, the combined OUTPUT power of the inverter SHALL NOT exceed 3.68 kW.

Moreover, another regulation states that the maximum size of a PV system connected to an inverter should not be more than 20% larger than inverter’s rated AC output. Therefore if a single phase inverter’s power is limited to 3.68 kW (AC), the maximum DC power of solar panels cannot exceed 4.416 kWp (DC).

For the sake of an example, this maximum power can be approached by having either 11  solar panels rated at 400Wp (DC) each (4.4 kWp), or 8 panels 505Wp each (4.04 kWp).

Although higher-powered solar panels tend to take up less space, they also tend to be more expensive than solar panels with lower power rating.

At the end, whether one uses 400Wp panels or 505Wp panels, the power output of the equivalent PV system would still be the same!

What are portable solar power stations?2023-09-13T12:28:12+01:00

Portable power stations, or portable solar generators, are devices designed to store electricity in Lithium Ion Polymer Phosphate (LiFeP04) batteries and to provide electrical power to a wide range of appliances whenever and wherever needed. The energy used to charge portable solar generators can come from a variety of sources: from solar panels that convert light to electricity, to home power sockets, vehicles, conventional generators or even from other batteries.

Portable solar power stations combine very powerful, safe and durable LiFeP04 battery, pure sine wave inverter, MPPT charge controller and intelligent management system, all in one device. As a result, portable solar generators can provide reliable power source for many applications: from emergency power supply in case of power cuts, to off-the-grid energy use on board of boats, campers, street food kiosks and pretty much any use one can imagine.

Virtue Solaris offers a range of state of the art portable solar power stations manufactured by BLUETTI, a world leader in portable power technology. Visit our online store here.

What are the best solar panels in Malta?2023-05-23T08:33:58+01:00

Malta’s climatic conditions including exposure to high temperatures, wind and high levels of humidity, as well as close proximity to the sea present a challenge to quality and reliability of solar PV systems. Under such demanding conditions, only the top quality solar panels with the highest efficiency, low temperature coefficient, high degree of environmental protection for electronic components, and robust frames, should be used.

Virtue Solaris offers its customers some of the best quality solar panels from Bloomberg Tier 1 manufacturers such as AE Solar and HT-SAAE brands, which have been proven to be particularly suited for Malta’s demanding conditions.

These solar modules feature high efficiency ratings, advanced cell technology capabilities and reliable power output, apart from superb mechanical and electrical protection and durability. Virtue Solaris carries premium solar panels that boast great durability and a great warranty period.

What are the components of an off-grid PV system?2023-05-23T08:54:00+01:00
  1. Photovoltaic (PV) Panels: These are the solar panels that capture sunlight and convert it into electricity.
  2. Charge Controller: This regulates the amount of electricity coming from the PV panels, ensuring the batteries don’t get overcharged.
  3. Battery Bank: This stores the electricity generated by the PV panels so it can be used later when the sun isn’t shining.
  4. Inverter: This device converts the direct current (DC) electricity generated by the PV panels into alternating current (AC) electricity, which is what is used in homes and businesses.
  5. Wiring & Accessories: This includes cables, connectors and other components needed to safely connect the components of the PV system.
  6. Monitoring System: This device allows you to track the performance of your off-grid PV system.

Virtue Solaris offers complete off-grid PV systems for residential and commercial applications, including unique solutions that combine lateste LiFePo4 batteries, pure sine wave inverters, MPPT charge controllers and battery management systems, all in one unit. Contact us today to learn more.

What are the uses for PV panels in Malta?2023-05-23T08:22:18+01:00

Solar Energy for Homes

PV panels in Malta are particularly suited to residential rooftop installation for energy self-sufficiency. Solar energy generated by rooftop PV systems allows homeowners to generate free electricity from the sun during daylight hours. This can lead to savings on electricity bills as well as reduced reliance on the grid. Households can also benefit from attractive government incentives that range from direct grants on the purchase of home PV system and battery energy storage, to feed-in tariffs for solar energy sold to the grid.

Solar Energy for Businesses

Malta’s abundant sunshine provides ample opportunities for commercial businesses to benefit from solar power. Businesses can install larger solar systems on the roof, replacing or reducing their reliance on grid electricity and mitigating their energy bills, and benefiting from attractive feed-in tariffs.

Solar PV and Battery Energy Storage

With the increasing availability of battery storage technology, rooftop PV systems can act as independent micro-grids. This allows for storage of the electricity generated during daylight hours to be used at night when energy from the grid is typically more expensive. This is referred to as ‘demand response’ and allows homeowners and businesses to save money while reducing their reliance on the grid.

What can I do if I cannot afford an initial investment?2023-02-08T19:26:07+01:00

In reality, some PV systems offered by Virtue Solaris require NO upfront investment at all. For example, it may be possible to acquire a quality PV system WITHOUT any deposit, and with monthly repayments starting from as low as €49.

What’s more, the value of monthly repayments would, in most cases, be equal or less than the value of savings in electricity bills. Thus under some conditions, it is possible to install a high quality PV system virtually for free!

What can ruin solar panels?2023-03-04T13:49:00+01:00

Excessive heat, strong winds, hail, snow, dust, debris, and bird droppings can all damage and degrade solar panels, reducing their efficiency and lifespan. Extreme weather conditions such as hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, or lightning strikes can also cause irreparable damage to solar panels.

What do solar panels do when a battery storage system is full?2023-03-04T13:49:34+01:00

When the battery storage system is full, solar panels will divert any excess energy generated back to the utility grid. This process is called “net metering” and it ensures that homeowners are not wasting the energy their panels are producing.

What happens when you install solar panels and battery system in your home?2023-09-29T16:00:33+01:00
Solar panels produce electricity during the day. Some of this energy is used to supply your electrical loads which are powered up at the same time that solar power is being generated. The proportion of solar energy that can be consumed in real time varies according to each household consumption pattern.
Typically, around 30 – 35% of solar energy is consumed directly by house loads at the same time that it is generated. Excess solar energy which is not consumed at the time it is generated is then used to charge your house battery.
When the sun goes down and solar panels no longer generate enough power to supply house loads, the battery comes alive and supplements power grid to ensure that your household appliances can remain powered up with your own stored solar energy. Depending on consumption and on size of PV and battery system, it is possible to make an average Maltese household COMPLETELY self sufficient, with zero energy bills.
What if I don’t have much space for solar panels?2023-05-23T08:56:28+01:00

If you own a property with a roof, no matter how small, PV panels are simply a must.

A typical PV panel takes up only about 1.5 – 2.3 square metres of space, and a decent domestic PV system can take up as little as 20 square meters of space.

That’s typically less than the size of an average washroom, a yard, or roof terrace.

Virtue Solaris offers its customers tail made solutions for EVERY roof. In some cases, PV panels can be elevated on a custom-made structure, which would allow continuous use of the roof for any activity, be it roof garden, a BBQ space or simply the place to hang one’s laundry!

What is the average cost of a 1 solar panel in Malta?2023-09-13T14:26:40+01:00

The cost of a solar panel can vary greatly depending on the brand, capacity, and other additional installation costs. To get a definitive price for a solar panel in Malta, it would be best to contact Virtue Solaris for a quote as prices can fluctuate. If you need one or two solar panels for a DIY project, you can check available range of solar panels at Virtue Solaris online shop.  However if you need an estimate for a complete PV system, wther on-grid or off-the-grid, please contact Virtue Solaris for a quote.

What is the average cost of home solar system in Malta?2023-05-23T08:38:10+01:00

The average cost of a typical single phase PV system in Malta is around €3,220, after government grant, and can vary between about €800 to over €1,000 per kWp of solar panels installed, depending on actual set up, mounting arrangements, length and passage of cables, and choice of equipment. 

You can check out latest Virtue Solaris offers on home solar systems in Malta.

What is the cost of 20 solar panels in Malta?2023-05-23T08:43:07+01:00

The cost of 20 solar panels in Malta depends on several factors, including the type of solar panel and the brand, as well as the size and power output of the panels. Generally, prices for solar panels in Malta range from about €800 to over €1,000 per kW of installed capacity, with 20 panels providing between 8 and 10 kW of installed capacity. Get our latest offer for a 20 solar panels system here!

What is the solar farm policy in Malta?2023-08-28T12:54:43+01:00

As of 2023, information on a specific solar farm policy in Malta is not readily available. However, Malta has been proactive in promoting renewable energy especially from the solar sector due to its abundant sunshine. The government has introduced several initiatives like feed-in tariff schemes, incentives for individuals and businesses to install photovoltaic systems, and grants for the installation of solar water heaters.

Large scale solar farms might also be integrated into Malta’s energy strategy as it seeks to achieve its renewable energy targets as defined by the European Union. For exact details and potential changes, it’s recommended to contact Virtue Solaris or regulatory authorities on renewable energy.

What should you avoid with solar panels?2023-05-23T08:26:36+01:00

It is important to avoid obstructing the panels from direct sunlight, as this will reduce their efficiency. Additionally, solar panels should not be exposed to heavy dust, dirt, or other particles, as this could also reduce their effectiveness.

Why consider a portable solar power station?2023-09-13T12:29:20+01:00

Our increasingly digital and energy-dependent lifestyles demand staying connected and powered up. Yet in many situations, one cannot depend on power grid alone. Portable solar generators extend the convenience of grid-quality power supply to off-the grid situation, even whilst on the

Compact, versatile, and with an array of innovative features, these devices have become a must-have for every adventurer, camper, and tech-savvy individual, or for anyone concerned with reliability and dependence on the grid.

Virtue Solaris offers a range of state of the art portable solar power stations manufactured by BLUETTI, a world leader in portable power technology. Visit our online store here.

Why get a battery storage system?2023-02-18T21:15:17+01:00

Virtue Solaris offers its clients a unique battery storage solution based on high voltage lithium ion batteries produced by renown electronics manufacturer Huawei.

These batteries can accumulate surplus energy produced by a PV system during the day, and release this stored electricity for consumption during the night, or at any time when PV energy is not available. Over time, this solution invariably leads to considerable financial savings, since the household becomes virtually self-sufficient when it comes to energy needs.

Why should I even bother installing solar panels?2023-02-08T19:29:19+01:00

On average, a typical Maltese household spends around €1,200 in energy bills each year. That’s a staggering €24,000 over a 20 year period!

Think of what you can do with an extra €24,000 in your pocket. Perhaps an extra holiday break each year? A gym membership for all the family all year around? Replace that old car with a new, fuel-efficient one, or perhaps an electric vehicle?

Possibilities are endless. PV panels can make them a reality.

Will PV panels work in partial shade?2023-02-08T19:30:34+01:00

We often hear that “My roof is partially shaded by surrounding properties. PV panels would not work.”

Virtue Solaris offers many solutions for partially shaded spaces. These solutions range from strategic placing of PV panels in such a way so as to maximize exposure to sunlight, to splitting PV circuits into multiple MPPT strings to ensure that one shaded part of the array does not affect the performance of another part, to fitting each solar panel with optimizers that effectively mitigate partial shading effects.

We also have a special offer package specifically catering for such situations.

We do professional shading analysis utilizing specialized software that allows us to estimate precisely the performance of any PV system, even one that is partially shaded.

Will solar panels damage my roof?2023-03-04T13:48:27+01:00

No, solar panels should not damage your roof. Most solar panel systems are designed to be installed on existing roofs without causing any damage. However, it is important to work with a reputable installer to make sure that the system is properly designed and installed, as poor installation practices can cause damage to your roof.