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Apply for a loan with repayment subsidy for measures for the provision of process heat from renewable energies


The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) promotes the provision of process heat from renewable energies in companies.
You can receive funding for the following measures:

  • Solar panels
  • biomass plants,
  • heat pumps, provided that they use renewable heat sources,
  • Heat storage for these heat generators.

You will not receive any funding:

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

If you want to buy plants to provide process heat from renewable energies, then you can get a loan of up to EUR 25 million.
The amount of the grant in the repayment of the loan depends on the size of your company:

  • small and medium-sized enterprises (up to 249 employees and annual turnover maximum EUR 50 million or balance sheet total maximum EUR 43 million): 55 percent of the eligible costs,
  • large companies (250 or more employees and annual turnover more than EUR 50 million or balance sheet total higher than EUR 43 million): 45 percent of eligible costs.

Eligible costs are:

  • all costs of implementing the measure,
  • Additional costs for planning and installation.

Costs for:

  • the integration of the measure into the existing process and
  • yield monitoring and fault detection of the installed measurement and data acquisition systems.

You can receive a maximum repayment subsidy of EUR 10 million.
You will only receive the repayment subsidy when you have completed your measure. To do this, you must 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.
Applications for funding are processed by the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW).
You are not entitled to receive funding.

Reference to further funding opportunities of the programme:
You can also apply for a direct grant 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 measures for the provision of process heat from renewable energies).

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 partners can be a bank, building society or a financial intermediary.
  • Select your financing partner and make an appointment for a consultation. If you are looking for a financing partner, you can use the online consultation request on KfW's website.
  • In the consultation appointment, the financing partner checks whether your planned measure meets all requirements and whether you are creditworthy.
  • You fill out the loan application together with your financing partner. Your financing partner will inform you which further forms and documents you need for your application.
  • Your financing partner submits the completed loan application to KfW. KfW will examine 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 measure, 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 these proofs 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 note.

It is best to seek advice from an energy efficiency expert before applying for funding. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can apply for grants from the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) in the "Federal Funding for Energy Consulting in SMEs" programme.

Applications can be submitted:

  • domestic and foreign companies in the commercial sector
  • municipal companies
  • Cultivators
  • Freelancers
  • Contractors who carry out measures for an eligible company

Further requirements:

  • You must be creditworthy
  • Your company must have its registered office or a branch in Germany
  • the funded measure must be implemented in Germany and operated for at least three years
  • more than 50 percent of the process heat generated by the measure must be used for the production of products or services
  • Your measure must meet minimum technical requirements

When applying, you must submit:

  • Data Acquisition Sheet Process Heat
  • hydraulic system scheme
  • Offer of the planned plant
  • for contracting projects: confirmation of the contracting project
  • for SME subsidies: self-declaration of compliance with the SME definition
  • for "de minimis" grants: "de minimis" declaration

Which other documents you may have to submit in your case can be found in the appendix to the leaflet "Technical minimum requirements for process heat from renewable energies".

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

for the processing of the application: 3 to 6 weeks

Once you have submitted your application, you can start the measure at your own financial risk.

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

You can get the original forms from your financing partner. You fill out the forms together.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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