Companies from all sectors again have the opportunity to submit their electrical efficiency projects in the fifth round of the “Step-up!” program, which has now launched. As in previous rounds, projects can apply for funding from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) by participating either in the “open call”, in which any electrical efficiency measure can be funded irrespective of technology or sector, or in the “closed call” which is limited to a specific topic – this time water- and wastewater technology. Funding is allocated in a competitive process to the projects offering the highest cost-benefit ratios (i.e. kWh of electricity saved per euro funded).
In addition to electrical efficiency, the closed call in this round will also consider projects that deliver heat savings. Measures increasing the efficiency of process water use can also be funded.
Successful applications receive a non-repayable investment grant that varies according to the type of call and the size of the project. In the open call, a small project that fulfills the requirements can receive EUR 20,000 to EUR 250,000, while large projects can receive EUR 250,000 to EUR 1,500,000.
Companies with a commercial unit or a branch office in Germany and municipalities can apply for funding. The final application date is May 31st, 2018.
NB: This information is provided as a courtesy only. No claim is made to completeness, accuracy, or timeliness. Further terms and conditions apply. Refer to the original funding conditions for official information.