Maximum amount of aid

Under the Government Decree on General Terms of Granting Energy Support (1063/2012), the following ceilings have been set for the share of energy aid of eligible costs:

  • renewable energy audits in the municipal sector  60%
  • energy audits in the municipal sector, microenterprises and SMEs 50%
  • other energy audits, analyses and studies 40%
  • investments concerning renewable energy sources and energy efficiency, using new technology 40%
  • investments concerning renewable energy sources and energy efficiency, using conventional technology 30%
  • other investments in reducing the environmental damage caused by energy production 30%.

Typical projects and aid intensities in 2016

The following indicative aid amounts, expressed as percentages of eligible costs, have been determined for 2016:

Investments in renewable energy in 2016 (conventional technology):

Heating plant projects (wood based fuels) 10–15%
Heat pump projects 15%*
Solar heating projects 20%
Small hydropower projects 15–20%
Landfill gas projects 15–20%
Solar power projects 25%
Biogas projects 20–30%
Small wind power projects 20–25%

* Excluding projects concerning the utilisation of residual and waste heat, which are subject to the aid percentages applied to energy saving projects.

Aid is not granted to:

  • heating plants with a thermal output exceeding 10 MW
  • heat production projects that result in a transfer from district heating to a separate heat production system
  • energy efficiency or heat pump projects carried out in new buildings (except projects involving new technology)
  • acquisition of equipment (e.g. chippers, crushers and wood chip containers) for the production of wood based and recycled fuels (excluding projects involving new technology)
  • waste incinerator projects
  • projects relating to street lighting
  • energy audits of large enterprises.

In solar power projects, aid may also be granted to projects involving new buildings.

In terms of wind power and biogas projects, aid is only granted to those projects that do not meet the conditions of being accepted to the feed-in tariff scheme, as laid down in the Act on Production Subsidy for Electricity Produced from Renewable Energy Sources (1396/2010).

Investments promoting energy saving and energy efficiency in 2016 (conventional technology):

  • 20% for companies and organisations that have joined an energy efficiency agreement
  • 25% when the above use an ESCO service
  • 15% for companies and organisations that have not joined an energy efficiency agreement but use an ESCO service.

In projects involving new technology, increased aid (20–40 per cent) may also be granted on a case-by-case basis to companies and municipalities that have not joined an energy efficiency agreement.