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Apply for a loan with a repayment grant for energy optimization of plants and processes

Description

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

  • Process and process changes to efficient technologies and energy optimization of production processes,
  • Waste heat use,
  • measures on heat supply, cooling and ventilation systems when used directly for production processes,
  • energy-efficient provision of process heat or ,
  • Avoidance of energy losses in the production process.

You do not receive any funding:

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

If you want to optimize investments and processes energetically, you can get a loan of up to EUR 25 million.

The amount of the loan repayment grant 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 total assets maximum EUR 43 million):
    • up to 40 percent of the eligible costs,
    • 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 higher than EUR 43 million):
    • up to 30 percent of the eligible costs,
    • maximum of EUR 500 for each tonne of carbon dioxide saved each year.

Eligible costs are:

  • all the costs of implementing the measure,
  • Additional costs for planning and installation,
  • Costs for the creation of an energy saving concept and the monitoring of the implementation by an external energy consultant.

You can receive a maximum of EUR 10 million in a repayment grant.
You will not receive the repayment grant until you have completed your action. To do this, you need to prove:

  • that you have 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.

The applications for funding are processed by the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW).
They are not entitled to the grant.

Reference to further funding opportunities for the programme:
You can also apply for a direct grant from the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA) through the funding programme "Federal Funding for Energy Efficiency in the Economy" (apply for a grant for energy optimisation of plants and processes).

If you invest in energy optimization of plants and processes, you can apply for a loan with a repayment grant under certain conditions.

You must submit the 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.
  • Select your financing partner and make an appointment for advice. If you are looking for a financing partner, you can use the online consultation request on the KfW website.
  • In the consultation date, your financing partner checks whether your planned measure meets all the requirements and whether you are creditworthy.
  • You complete 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 final loan application to KfW. KfW examines your application and decides on the funding.
  • You will then be informed by your financing partner whether your loan will be granted with a repayment grant.
  • Complete the loan agreement with your financing partner and start the action. KfW pays you the loan amount in full.
  • Once 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 evidence to your financing partner.
  • Your financing partner checks and confirms your evidence and forwards it to KfW.
  • If KfW has also verified the evidence, you will receive the repayment grant as a credit.

Applications can:

  • domestic and foreign commercial enterprises, most of which are privately owned
  • municipal companies
  • Freelancers
  • Contractors implementing energy efficiency measures

Other requirements:

  • They must be creditworthy
  • Your company must have its registered office or branch office in Germany
  • the savings concept must be drawn up by an energy consultant approved by the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA) for the funding programme "Federal Funding for Energy Consulting in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises"
  • the costs of your measure may only be refinanced after at least two years by the saved energy costs without support
  • 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 in accordance with DIN EN ISO 50001 or EMAS, you can also create the savings concept yourself.

When submitting your application, you must submit:

  • Savings concept
  • in the case of contracting projects: confirmation of the contracting project
  • on SME support: self-declaration to comply with the SME definition
  • for "de minimis" promotions: "de minimis" declaration

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

  • Confirmation after implementation of the investment measure
Forms on the KfW website (under forms and downloads)
  • Application:
    • until 31.12.2022
    • before the start of the action
  • Credit call-off period: within 12 months of the loan commitment, in a sum or in instalments
  • Proof of use of funds: within 12 months of the full payment of the loan

  • Processing of the application: 1 to 3 months

hint:
You cannot start the action until you have received a notification of the authorisation.
If you still want to start earlier, you can apply for early action. However, you will have to wait and see if this application is 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:
The original forms will be received from your financing partner. You fill out the forms together.

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