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Apply for a loan with repayment grant for process heat supply from renewable energy sources


The Federal Ministry of Economics 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 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 buy plants to provide process heat from renewable energy, you can get a loan of up to EUR 25 million.
The amount of the grant for the repayment of the loan depends on the size of your company:

  • small and medium-sized enterprises (up to 249 employees and annual turnover not exceeding EUR 50 million or total assets maximum EUR 43 million): 55 percent of 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 the costs of implementing the measure,
  • Additional costs for planning and installation.

Eligible are also costs for

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

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 measures for the provision of process heat from renewable energies).

If you invest in plants to provide process heat from renewable energy, 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, the 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.

It is best to get advice from an energy efficiency expert before applying for funding. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can apply for grants from the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA) in the programme "Federal Funding for Energy Advice for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises".

Applications can:

  • domestic and foreign companies in the commercial economy
  • municipal companies
  • cultivators
  • Freelancers
  • Contractors carrying out measures for an eligible company

Other requirements:

  • They must be creditworthy
  • Your company must have its registered office or branch office 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 action must meet minimum technical requirements

When submitting your application, you must submit:

  • Data acquisition sheet Process heat
  • hydraulic system scheme
  • Offer of the planned plant
  • 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

Which further documents you may still have to submit in your case can be found in the appendix to the leaflet "Minimum Technical Requirements Process Heat from Renewable Energies".

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 full payment of the loan

for the processing of the application: 3 to 6 weeks

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

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

The original forms will be received from your financing partner. You fill out the forms together.

Model credit agreementSample Statistical Supplement

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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