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Apply for a loan with a repayment grant for highly efficient equipment or aggregates


The Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) promotes measures to increase energy efficiency in companies.
You can receive funding for the following measures:

  • electric motors and drives,
  • Pumps for industrial and commercial use
  • ventilators
  • compressed air systems as well as their higher-level control
  • Plants for the use of waste heat or heat recovery from waste water,
  • Insulation of industrial plants or plant parts,
  • Frequency.

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 energy efficiency equipment or aggregates, 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): 40 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): 30 percent of eligible costs.

Eligible costs are:

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

With this support, the eligible ancillary costs are limited to a maximum of 30 percent of the investment costs.
You can receive a maximum of EUR 200,000 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 "Federal Funding for Energy Efficiency in The Economy" funding programme (apply for a grant for highly efficient plants or aggregates).

If you invest in highly efficient assets and aggregates, 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
    • a confirmation from the manufacturer or supplier that your measure technically meets the performance (specialist contractor declaration).
  • 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 for advice from the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA) in the programme "Federal Support for Energy Advice in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises".

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 funded measure must be implemented in Germany and operated for at least 3 years
  • Your action must meet minimum technical requirements
  • Your measure must cost at least EUR 2,000 net, including incidental costs

When submitting your application, you must submit:

  • Product data sheet, material data sheet or manufacturer's proof of the plant or aggregate to demonstrate high efficiency. If the efficiency does not result, you must submit a manufacturer's declaration:
    • for WRG compressors: proof of eligibility - manufacturer's declaration WRG compressors
    • for compressors: proof of eligibility - manufacturer's declaration compressors
    • for fans: proof of eligibility - manufacturer's declaration fans
  • 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
  • in the case of GBER support: reference offer for action

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

  • Confirmation after implementation of the investment measure


  • Professional entrepreneur's declaration on installed technologies - in module 1 (except insulation)


  • Professional entrepreneur's declaration on installed technologies - in module 1 (for insulation measures)
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

  • 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.

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