Be it for solar-thermal, heat pump, or biomass systems – ever more Germans are applying for support under Germany’s Market Incentive Programme (MAP) for renewable heating, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) reports. The number of applications rose 17 percent from 62,000 in 2014 to 72,000 last year.
More than 1.5 million systems have been funded via the program since 2000. In 2016, a total of EUR 250 million in investment and repayment grants was granted through the MAP and the subordinate APEE efficiency programme. Support for renewable heating systems was topped up by the ministry last year with an additional 20 percent bonus and EUR 600 grant.
The MAP is formed of two parts: support for smaller systems can be applied for from BAFA, which supports private persons, the self-employed, and smaller firms looking to switch to a renewable heating system. Larger systems, heat storage, and heat networks (primarily used in companies and municipalities) are supported through the KfW development bank’s “premium” program under which investors are awarded low-interest KfW loans and repayment grants from the MAP.