Germany’s Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA) has been successfully funding heating systems based on renewable energy for 20 years on behalf of the federal government.
The first funding directive entered into force on September 1, 1999. In the two decades since then, over 1.8 million systems have received financial support amounting to more than €3 billion, triggering investments amounting to €23.7 billion.
Torsten Safarik, president of BAFA states: ”I am very happy about the success of the MAP market incentive program. Together with citizens, companies, institutions and cities that are investing, BAFA is making a major contribution to the energy transition in the heating market.”
The MAP program supports the use of heat from solar panels, solid biomass and efficient heat pumps. In addition to the funding, BAFA awards grants for especially innovative technologies for heating and cooling based on renewable energy or for the retrofitting of systems that have already received funding.
Currently, heating and hot water alone represent 40% of the energy consumed in Germany. The federal government wants increase the share of renewable energy in the heating market and the MAP market incentive program is a key element in this plan.
The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) provides hundreds of millions of euros in funding every year to this end.