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Source: BUS Sachsen-Anhalt (Linie6PLus)

Apply for a loan with repayment subsidy for energy optimisation of plants and processes

Description

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) promotes measures to increase energy efficiency in companies.
The funding is open to technology, in particular:

  • process and procedure conversions to efficient technologies and energetic optimization of production processes,
  • Waste heat recovery,
  • measures on systems for heat supply, cooling and ventilation, if these are used directly for production processes,
  • energy-efficient provision of process heat or cooling,
  • Avoidance of energy losses in the production process.

You will not receive any funding:

  • for measures prescribed by law,
  • if you have already started the action before you have submitted the application.

If you want to optimize the energy efficiency of plants and processes, you can get a loan of up to EUR 25 million.

The amount of the subsidy when repaying the loan depends on the size of your business and the energy saved:

  • small and medium-sized enterprises (up to 249 employees and annual turnover maximum EUR 50 million or balance sheet total maximum EUR 43 million):
    • up to 40 per cent of the eligible costs,
    • a maximum of EUR 700 for each tonne of carbon dioxide saved each year.
  • large enterprises (250 or more employees and annual turnover more than EUR 50 million or balance sheet total more than EUR 43 million):
    • up to 30 per cent of the eligible costs,
    • a maximum of EUR 500 for each tonne of carbon dioxide saved each year.

Eligible costs are:

  • all costs for the implementation of the measure,
  • ancillary costs for planning and installation,
  • Costs for the preparation of an energy saving concept and the support of the implementation by an external energy consultant.

You can receive a maximum repayment subsidy of EUR 10 million.
You will not receive the repayment subsidy until you have completed your measure. To do this, you must prove:

  • that you spent the money from the loan on the measure,
  • that the measure technically fulfils its performance.

You must keep all invoices and receipts related to the eligible costs.

Applications for funding are processed by the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW).
You are not entitled to receive funding.

Note on further funding opportunities of the programme:
You can also apply for a direct subsidy from the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) via the funding programme "Federal Funding for Energy Efficiency in the Economy" (apply for a subsidy for energy optimisation of plants and processes).

You must submit your application for funding in writing to the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW).

  • You first need a financing partner, through whom you then submit your application to KfW. Financing partner can be a bank, building society or a financial intermediary.
  • Choose your financing partner and make an appointment for a consultation. If you are looking for a financing partner, you can use the online advice request on the KfW website.
  • In the consultation appointment, your financing partner checks whether your planned measure meets all the requirements and whether you are creditworthy.
  • You fill out the loan application together with your financing partner. Your financing partner will inform you which other forms and documents you need for your application.
  • Your financing partner submits the completed loan application to KfW. KfW will review your application and decide on the funding.
  • You will then be informed by your financing partner whether your loan with repayment subsidy will be approved.
  • Conclude the loan agreement with your financing partner and start with the measure. KfW will pay you the loan amount in full.
  • When you have completed the action, you must prove to your financing partner that:
    • that you have spent the money from the loan on the measure and
    • that the measure technically fulfils its performance.
  • You submit this proof to your financing partner.
  • Your financing partner checks and confirms your evidence and forwards it to KfW.
  • If KfW has also checked the evidence, you will receive the repayment subsidy as a credit.

Applications can be submitted:

  • domestic and foreign commercial enterprises, the majority of which are privately owned
  • municipal companies
  • freelancers
  • Contractors implementing energy efficiency measures

Further requirements:

  • You must be creditworthy
  • Your company must have its registered office or branch in Germany
  • the savings concept must be drawn up by an energy consultant who is approved by the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) for the funding programme "Federal Funding for Energy Consulting in SMEs"
  • the costs of your measure may only be refinanced without funding after at least two years by the saved energy costs
  • the funded measure must be implemented in Germany and operated for at least three years

Hint:
If your company has an energy or environmental management system certified according to DIN EN ISO 50001 or EMAS, you can also create the savings concept yourself.

When applying, you must submit:

  • Savings concept
  • for contracting projects: confirmation of the contracting project
  • for SME funding: self-declaration on compliance with the SME definition
  • for de minimis funding: de minimis declaration

Once you have completed your action, you must submit the following documents:

  • Confirmation after implementation of the investment measure
  • Application:
    • until 31.12.2022
    • before the start of the action
  • Call-off period of the loan: within 12 months after loan approval, in one sum or in partial amounts
  • Proof of use of funds: within 12 months of full disbursement of the loan

 

 

 

 

  • Processing of the application: 1 to 3 months

Hint:
You can only start the measure once you have received a notification of the approval.
If you still want to start earlier, you can apply for an early start of measures. However, you will have to wait for this application to be approved before you start your action.

  • Forms: yes
  • Online procedure possible: no
  • Written form required: yes
  • Personal appearance required: yes (at the financing partner)

Hint:
You will receive the original forms from your financing partner. You fill out the forms together.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

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