Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has restructured its funding programs to facilitate investments by businesses in energy efficient processes. A new and simpler funding model launched on January 1st, 2019 that bundles the numerous existing programs into a single program entitled “Energy efficiency and process heat from renewable energy in business – grant and loan”.
The replaced programs funded highly-efficiency cross-sectional technologies, waste-heat reduction and recovery, climate-friendly production processes as well as energy management systems. Proven aspects of these programs have been carried forward into the new program.
The new program is open to companies in all branches and of all sizes, municipal utilities, and energy service providers. It is explicitly technology-open so that companies can implement the solution that best fits their needs. Any measures that increase electricity or heat efficiency considerably are eligible for funding, from highly-efficient standard components through to complex systemic solutions. The new program is run by the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA) and Germany’s KfW development bank.
The program has four modules:
- Module 1: cross-sectional technologies (pumps, motors, fans etc.) with a funding rate of up to 40% of the eligible investment costs
- Module 2: renewable energy for the supply of process heat with a funding rate of up to 55% of the eligible investment costs
- Module 3: measurement and control technologies and energy management software that supports digitization with a funding rate of up to 40% of the eligible investment costs
- Module 4: investments based on any technology that increase electricity or heat efficiency with a funding rate of up to 40% of the eligible investment costs
Funding is capped at EUR 10 million per applicant or per project.
The competitive electrical efficiency funding program “Step-up” will be replaced by a new program entitled “Energy efficiency and process heat from renewable energy for companies – competition” as of Spring 2019.
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.
- Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA) – Press release (in German)
- KfW development bank – Program description (in German)