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Berlin, 21.09.2022

The German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK) has introduced changes to BEG funding at short notice, effective 9/21/2022. For heating optimization, the number of eligible residential units has been limited, and for multi-family houses, the eligible costs have been capped. In addition, the specifications for invoices and payments have been made more specific. A subsidy for personal contributions is also being discussed. 


Berlin, 14.09.2022

The Federal Cabinet passed the Annual Tax Act 2022 on September 14, 2022 - among other things, it contains tax improvements for photovoltaic systems and is thus intended to accelerate their expansion. Tax and bureaucratic hurdles for the installation and operation of photovoltaic systems are to be further reduced. The tax exemption for photovoltaic systems of up to 30 kW from 2023 is also a done deal.


Berlin, 24.08.2022

The German Cabinet today approved two energy saving ordinances. Both ordinances are based on the Energy Security Act (Section 30 EnSiG) and make a further contribution to ensuring security of supply. Due to the Russian attack on Ukraine, Germany continues to be in a tense gas supply situation. The German government and the Federal Ministry of Economics are therefore doing everything they can to reduce dependence on Russian imports as quickly as possible by taking consistent measures in various fields of action.


Schwerin, 22.08.2022

For the state government of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, this is reason enough to support citizens in the construction of balcony power plants in the future. The state government decided on a corresponding support program at the energy summit in Rostock on August 22, 2022.




Berlin, 12.08.2022

The German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BWMK) has updated the BAFA funding conditions in the BEG EM.

According to this, the BMWK has adjusted the BEG individual measures "in order to achieve an even stronger climate protection effect in the area of refurbishment and to reduce dependence on Russian gas and oil". The adjustments relate in particular to the following areas in the individual measures:
The subsidy for all gas-consuming equipment will be removed
  • An expanded replacement program for fossil-fuel heating systems (known as the heating system replacement bonus) will be introduced. This applies to all gas floor heating systems and other gas heat generators, provided they have been in operation for at least 20 years.
  • A heat pump bonus of 5% is granted if ground, water or wastewater is used as the heat source.
  • The subsidy rates for individual measures adjusted/reduced "in order to obtain an attractive subsidy for a broad group of applicants".
  • The iSFP bonus for the heating sector is abolished.




Berlin, 07.07.2022

On July 7, the Bundestag passed the "Easter Package" to accelerate the expansion of renewable energies. Contrary to the government's plans, small hydropower will now also continue to be subsidized and there will be more areas for solar parks.
Furthermore, rooftop PV systems with an output of up to 30 kW will in future receive tax relief or, if necessary, be exempted from taxation altogether.
Hydropower plants below 500 kW will thus also continue to receive EEG subsidies.

Key points of the Easter package:
- 80 percent renewable electricity by 2030
- 215 GW PV by 2030/22 GW annually
- 115 GW onshore wind by 2030/10 GW annually
- 30 GW offshore wind by 2030
- 2 percent wind power areas mandatory nationwide
- More land for solar farms (grassland, verges)
- Innovation tender for hydrogen (400 MW 2023, 1 GW 2028).
- Small hydropower will continue to be promoted




Stuttgart, 28.06.2022


The state of Baden-Württemberg is extending the solar obligation to existing buildings. From January 1, 2023, existing residential and non-residential buildings must be equipped with a PV system when they undergo a fundamental roof renovation.


Anyone renovating their roof from 2023 onwards must cover 60 percent of the solar-ready roof area with photovoltaic modules. A solar thermal system can also be installed to comply with the law.




Berlin, 07.04.2022


As of April 20, 2022, funding applications for the new construction of Efficiency Houses / Efficiency Buildings 40 (EH/EG40) can again be submitted to KfW. And there is a clear signal for the quality seal for sustainable building.


After the forced pause since January 24, 2022, there is a new start in new construction funding for residential and non-residential buildings under the federal funding for efficient buildings (BEG). As of April 20, 2022, new applications can again be submitted to KfW for the program "Efficient House / Efficient Building 40 (EH/EG40) - New Construction Funding with Modified Funding Conditions".


The funding is limited in this form until December 31, 2022. However, only a budget of EUR 1 billion is available for new-build funding until then, which will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.




Berlin, 22.02.2022


The federal government has again made funding available for BEG for 2022.


The application must be submitted before signing a supply and service contract or a purchase agreement. However, planning and consulting services can be taken advantage of even before the application is submitted.

Anyone who has concluded supply and service contracts and, for example, commissioned tradesmen, can submit the funding application from 22.02.2022 if one of these two requirements is met:

Only possible for loan: the applicant has held a consultation meeting with their financing partner prior to concluding the supply and service contracts, which has been documented with a KfW form.

Possible for loan and grant: The supply and service agreements contain a condition precedent/resolving condition relating to the granting of a subsidy in the BEG.

Anyone who has concluded a purchase agreement for an initial purchase after refurbishment can submit the subsidy application from 22.02.2022 if the purchase agreement contains a condition precedent/resolving condition that relates to the granting of a subsidy in the BEG.




Berlin, 18.02.2022

Funding for energy-efficient construction and renovation is slowly getting back on track."There is a perspective," said Federal Minister of Economics and Climate Protection Robert Habeck. The refurbishment funding will start up again next week, he said, referring to the KfW funding for energy-efficient refurbishment.  The subsidies for new buildings are to start again in March. However, it will only apply to efficiency house level 40, with a reduced subsidy rate and capped at one billion euros until the end of the year.



Berlin, 15.11.2021

The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) will in future provide funding for the installation of charging infrastructure at employee car parks, for electric vehicles in company or municipal fleets and for company vehicles.

Funding will be provided for the purchase and construction of a new stationary charging station that is not accessible to the public, including the grid connection. The charging infrastructure must be located at parking spaces on properties intended for commercial and municipal use or for parking employees' vehicles.

The grant amounts to 70 percent of the eligible expenditure, up to a maximum of 900 euros per charging point. Charging points with a charging capacity of up to 22 kilowatts are eligible for funding.




Berlin, 21.09.2021

The Federal Government today adopted the measures for the buildings sector presented by the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy and the Federal Minister of the Interior, for Building and the Home Affairs. These measures will improve climate protection in the buildings sector and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In particular, these measures are intended to help close the 2020 target gap in the buildings sector.

The cabinet's decision includes securing a new commitment volume for funding applications in 2021 totalling 11.5 billion euros. Of this, 5.8 billion euros were already made available by the budget committee on 24 June 2021 to ensure a continuous programme. A further 5.7 billion euros are to be made available in 2021 as part of this measure. Applications for funding can be made within the framework of the successful federal funding for energy-efficient buildings (BEG).



Berlin, 10.09.2021

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is once again expanding the federal funding for "Corona-compatible stationary ventilation and air-conditioning systems", which has been in effect for about a year, and is making a total of over one billion euros available for this purpose. In order to protect our children as well as possible, the new installation of permanently installed supply and exhaust air valves in facilities for children under 12 years of age will also be funded as of today.





Berlin, 24.06.2021

Today, the Federal Parliament passed the bill to amend the Federal Climate Protection Act with the votes of the government factions. The law brings forward the goal of climate neutrality by five years to 2045. The path to this goal is set with binding targets for the 20s and 30s. The interim target for 2030 is increased from the current 55 to 65 percent greenhouse gas reduction compared to 1990. For 2040, a new interim target of 88 percent reduction applies. The climate protection efforts will thus be distributed more fairly between current and future generations by 2045.



Berlin, 10.06.2021

Non-residential buildings: Up to 50 percent funding for energy-efficient renovations.

 

The second stage of the federal subsidy for efficient buildings comes into force on 1 July. Now a subsidy option is also available for office, commercial and administrative buildings.

 

Energy efficiency measures in the renovation and new construction of non-residential buildings will in future be financially supported by the federal government with up to 50 percent subsidies. This is made possible by the second stage of the Federal Promotion for Efficient Buildings (BEG), which comes into force on 1 July 2021. It increases the funding rates for overall renovations and will also be available as a pure investment grant in the future.





Berlin, 12.05.2021

The German government has announced an immediate programme to support the implementation of the new climate protection targets for the various sectors. This is to be done with additional funding of up to 8 billion euros - but also with additional requirements. For example, the energy standards for new buildings are to be strengthened. In future, the costs of the CO2 price are no longer to be borne by tenants alone, but half by landlords. This is intended to improve the effect of the CO2 price, since landlords decide on energy-related renovations and the type of heating.




Berlin, 07.05.2021


On 7 May, the funding programme "Federal Funding for Serial Refurbishment" is launched.


The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology is thus providing new impetus for the energy turnaround in the building sector.
It enables buildings to be refurbished quickly with the help of prefabricated elements. This is attractive for the real estate industry, for owners and also for tenants."




Berlin, 01.04.2021


Federal government expands funding program for room air conditioning systems to contain the Corona virus

More people eligible to apply, smaller rooms and higher proportionate funding and connection of ancillary rooms - these are key innovations in the funding program for the Corona-compatible conversion and upgrade of stationary ventilation and air-conditioning systems.

With a total of 500 million euros and up to 200,000 euros per system, the German Federal Ministry of Economics and BAFA are promoting the upgrading and retrofitting of stationary air handling systems. In order to quickly contain the Corona pandemic, existing air handling systems in buildings where many people are present must be upgraded and retrofitted. The amended directive is thus an important step towards reaching the light at the end of the tunnel more quickly and further combating the pandemic.



Berlin, 30.03.2021


In a new funding program of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), small municipal utilities and local authorities, as well as companies in the retail and hotel and hospitality sectors, can submit applications for funding for the development of charging infrastructure from April 12 to December 31, 2021.



Berlin, 19.01.2021


From May 2021, new rules will apply to energy certificates for existing residential buildings. And energy certificates issued in 2011 must be renewed this year. In future, the level of greenhouse gas emissions will be included in the energy certificate.




Eschborn, 14.01.2021

 

The environmental bonus can now be combined with the "Economic Electric Mobility" (WELMO) funding programme and the "Climate Protection Offensive for SMEs" funding programme of the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW).



Berlin, 09.12.2020

 

From January 2021, the CO2 price will increase the cost of heating with natural gas and oil.

 

There is currently an 80 percent subsidy from the state for an energy consultation. Depending on the region, additional subsidies are possible.




Berlin, 12.10.2020

The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure BMVI and the KfW are launching a funding program on November 24, 2020 to establish new charging stations for electric cars in the non-publicly accessible areas of residential buildings. 

Investors will receive a grant of 900 euros per charging point for the acquisition and construction of new charging stations, including connection to the power grid.



Berlin, 31.03.2020

The Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) wants to make it easier for SMEs (KMU) to make use of subsidised energy consultancy services in times of the Covid19 pandemic. In deviation from the funding guidelines, the possibility of paying the subsidy directly to the consulting company is therefore being offered until further notice. The advantage for the consulting company: It no longer has to pay the full fee in advance, but only has to pay its own share from the outset. 



Bonn, 23.03.2020 

On 23.03.2020, the Federal Network Agency published its guidelines for further action in the corona crisis. The Federal Network Agency has taken note of the fears in the industry regarding the implementation deadlines. In order to protect market participants from forfeiting their bids and possible penalties, the BNetzA has decided to take short-term, unbureaucratic measures.



Eschborn, 01.02.2020


On 1 February 2020, the revised "Directive on the promotion of energy consulting for residential buildings (on-site consulting, individual renovation roadmap)" came into force.

Specifically, the subsidy has been increased from the previous 60 % to 80 % of the eligible consulting fee, with a maximum of 1300 euros for single and two-family houses (previously 800 euros) and 1700 euros for residential buildings with more than three residential units (previously 1100 euros). Energy advice can also be subsidised by municipalities or federal states, but the recipient of advice must pay a minimum of 10 % of the costs himself.



Berlin, 07.01.2020


The Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) and the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) have announced the new Market Incentive Programme (MAP).

The replacement premium for oil-fired heating systems can be applied for via a streamlined procedure administered by BAFA. Anyone who replaces his oil-fired heating system with a heating system that is operated entirely with renewable energy sources - e.g. a heat pump or a biomass plant for this MAP definition - can receive a subsidy of 45 % of the investment costs. For gas hybrid heating with a renewable share of at least 25 % - e.g. by integrating solar thermal energy - there is an investment subsidy of 40 %. 



Frankfurt am Main, 06.01.2020

Interest rate increases in some KfW promotional products as of January 7, 202.




Berlin, 11.02.2019

Since 1 January 2019, the label is mandatory for all heaters, which were installed before 1996.

The energy label for existing heating systems is valid nationwide and will be phased in by 2024.

New heaters are marked with an EU energy label.



Berlin, 20.11.2018

The BMWi restructures the previous funding offers in the field of energy efficiency. The new funding program "Energy Efficiency and Process Heat from Renewable Energies in Business - Credit" (295) supports corresponding measures through low-interest loans from KfW (up to 100% of the eligible investment costs) in connection with repayment subsidies from the BMWi. Alternatively, an investment grant can be requested from BAFA. The KfW Energy Efficiency Program Waste Heat - funded by the BMWi (294) and the corresponding investment subsidy (494) closed on 31 December 2018.



Potsdam, 11.09.2018

The state of Brandenburg is supporting the development of publicly accessible charging stations for electric cars with an investment subsidy. A total of two million euros are in the funding pot. Applications will be accepted by the Landes Investment Bank in Potsdam until 29 October.


Brussels, 19.06.2018

On 19 June 2018, the "Directive (EU) 2018/844 of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2010/31 / EU on the energy performance of buildings and Directive 2012/27 / EU on energy efficiency" - the amending Directive for the EU Buildings Directive (also known as EPBD), which has been in force since 2010.




Berlin, 16.05.2018

The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) promotes the purchase of fuel cell vehicles and their associated fueling infrastructure. A total of up to 15 million euros are available for project funding in this call.


Erfurt, 19.04.2018

With the funding program "E Mobil Invest", which is now presented by the Thuringian Ministry of the Environment, electromobility in municipal companies is to be supported by around one million euros by the year 2020. The funding directive will come into effect at the end of the month. 



Strasbourg, 17.04.2018


On 17 April 2018, the European Parliament finally approved the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (also known as the EU Buildings Directive, EPBD). According to the European Commission, the agreed changes allow the enormous potential for energy savings in the building sector - the most energy-intensive area in Europe - to be exploited. Among other things, the new regulations aim to retrofit existing buildings more quickly with energy-efficient systems and to improve the energy efficiency of new buildings by installing "intelligent" Systems.



Stuttgart, 01.03.2018


The state of Baden-Württemberg has started a funding program for solar power storage. A total of two million euros are in the funding pot. From this, all operators of photovoltaic systems receive an investment subsidy if they integrate a power storage system into their System.




Frankfurt am Main, 20.02.2018


The promotional bank of KfW Bankengruppe will change the interest rate and repayment from 17 April 2018. Affected are the programs "Energy-efficient construction and renovation" 151/152 and 153. For example, after the reporting date for particularly energy-efficient new buildings only loan repayment variants are offered, which include a 10-year fixed interest rate (program 153 "energy-efficient construction"). The hitherto possible 20-year fixed interest rate is eliminated.




Frankfurt am Main, 08.01.2018

Individuals and companies can continue to use a low-interest loan with high repayment subsidies from KfW Bankengruppe for solar energy storage. However, conditions have deteriorated somewhat since January 1: the repayment subsidy has fallen from 13 to 10%.




Berlin, 04.01.2018


Since January 1, 2018, industrially produced wood-burning stoves, fireplaces, tiled stoves with heating inserts and pellet stoves must be labeled with the energy label. This affects all individual room heaters with a nominal heat output below 50 kW, which convert gaseous, liquid or solid fuels into heat.



Brüssel, 20.11.2017

According to information provided by Federal Minister of Economics Brigitte Zypries, the European Commission approved the subsidization of tenant electricity on 20 November 2017 and can now start. The funding provided by the Tenant Electricity Act, which came into force on 25 July 2017, was subject to the approval of the EU Commission.


A prerequisite for this so-called tenant electricity surcharge is that the electricity generated in a solar system on the roof of a residential building and delivered to final consumers (especially tenants) in this residential building or in direct spatial connection with this building. Electricity not consumed by the tenants can be fed into the public network or cached. The tenant electricity surcharge is granted as a discount on the feed-in tariff.




Frankfurt am Main, 17.11.2017

A grant of 13% until 31.12.2017.
The KfW Program 275 Renewable Energies supports the use of stationary battery storage systems in conjunction with a photovoltaic system that is connected to the electrical grid through low-interest loans from KfW from 1.10% APR and repayment subsidies from the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).
In addition, you can use the product to retrofit a stationary battery storage if you have commissioned your photovoltaic system after 31.12.2012.




Dusseldorf, 27.10.2017

The state government of North Rhine-Westphalia has opened a funding pot for the expansion of charging stations for electric cars. The funds come from the program Progres NRW. The owner of an electric car gets up to half of the investment costs refunded if he builds a private charging point.
The construction of publicly accessible charging points, which are usually built by municipalities and municipalities, but also by car park operators and other service providers, also supports Düsseldorf with half of the investment costs. However, the subsidy for privately used charging points is capped at 1,000 euros. If the charging point is publicly available, the cover is 5,000 euros.





Berlin, 28.07.2017


On 1 August 2017, the new EU energy regulation came into force. This allows the EU label to be gradually converted to an easily understood and clear scale from A to G.
The new energy efficiency classes replace the confusing A +++ classes. By autumn 2018 the regulations for washing machines, refrigerators, dishwashers, TVs and monitors as well as lighting would be the first to be revised. After a changeover period for the manufacturers of one year, the new energy targets will be visible in shops from the end of 2019 / early 2020.
For example, manufacturers and distributors need to point more closely to the energy efficiency class of the products, and to specify the available classes.





Munich, 24.07.2017

The Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs announces the addition of its own subsidy program from September 1, The declared goal: 7,000 pillars are to be available in Bavaria by 2020.




Eschborn, June 29, 2017

On 1 July, the BAFA will include the individual sanitation timetable in its support program for on-site consulting for residential buildings. It is subsidized with 60% of consultancy costs, up to 600 € for single and double family houses and up to 1,100 € for multi-family houses.




Berlin, 28.04.2017


The Federal Cabinet has today approved the bill to promote tenant electricity from the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi). The rental power surcharge in the photovoltaic sector is expected to be between 2.75 and 3.8 eurocent per kilowatt hour (kWh).


Tenant electricity from photovoltaic systems is therefore likely to be supported this year, according to the BMWi. Tenant electricity is electricity which is produced in a combined heat and power plant or in a photovoltaic system on the roof of a residential building and is delivered to final consumers, in particular to tenants in this residential building. The amount of the tenant electricity surcharge depends on the size of the solar system and the total photovoltaic installation and is expected to be between 3.8 and 2.75 cents / kWh. The electricity not used by the tenants is fed into the network of the general supply and remunerated. According to an expert opinion commissioned by the BMWi, the potential for tenant electricity is up to 3.8 million apartments. At the same time, the draft law is intended to ensure that the tenant can continue to choose his electricity provider freely. This includes provisions on the contract periods, a ban on the leasing contract and a price ceiling for tenant electricity.




Munich, April 7, 2017


For a planned modernization of the heating system, the program section Heating Stove Plus can be considered. If you change your old heater, which is operating for at least 25 but under 30 years, you can apply for the heating system bonus. Depending on the new heating system, Bavaria will provide € 500 to € 2,000, a total of 5,000 heating modernizers want to support the free-range this year.




Berlin, March 30, 2017


From 1 April the EU energy efficiency label will also apply to wood heating systems. According to the German Pellet Institute (DEPI), pellet boilers are rated A +, pellet boilers and chimney ovens with A ++. Pellet fires are expected to have a better energy efficiency class in the future than oil and gas boilers, but at the same time a slightly poorer energy mix than heat pumps.




Berlin, February 10, 2017

  

From June 1, 2017 onwards, trade will be subject to a fine of up to € 100,000 in the event of a breach of its redemption obligations for electrical and electronic equipment. The Federal Council has today approved a corresponding amendment to the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act. This creates the foundations for a more effective enforcement by the countries.

 

The statutory fine enables the competent state authorities to deal more effectively with traders in the future, which make it more difficult for consumers and consumers to withdraw their disposable electrical appliances - both in the in-home and in the online trade. Depending on the gravity of the infringement, a fine of up to € 100,000 may be imposed.

 

The Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act, which entered into force on 24 October 2015, obliges dealers to

Shipping and storage space for electrical and electronic equipment of at least 400 m² electrical and electronic equipment under certain conditions from the end customer. If the customer acquires a new device, he can return a similar old device free of charge.

Small electrical and electronic devices (no edge length greater than

25 cm) can be returned without buying a corresponding device.




Berlin, February 08, 2017


From EnEV becomes GEG

The new building energy law (GEG) is to introduce the lowest-energy building standard for non-residential buildings in the public sector and to merge EnEG, EEWärmeG and EnEV.



GEG innovations in the overview

The lowest-energy building standard for non-residential buildings in the public sector is to be defined with the GEG in such a way that it approximates the standard of a KfW efficiency house55. Exceptions are possible.

The recently suspended regulatory gap of the EnEV is to be concluded, by which no energetic requirements could be placed on the insulation of the outer wall of an existing wall.

When using geothermal energy and heat exchangers using heat pumps, the requirements for the annual working hours for electricity-operated air / water and air-to-air heat pumps have been increased.

The possibility of charging electricity from renewable energies in the energy balance of the building will be expanded.

DIN V 18599 must also be applied in the future (after a transitional period) for the energetic balancing of residential buildings. Furthermore, some changes in calculation methods are provided.

A provisional energy certification is introduced in the construction phase.

The requirements for the submission of an energy certificate for sale or rental as well as mandatory information in real estate advertisements are also extended to real estate brokers.

In order to improve the quality of energy certificates, the draft specifies stricter diligence obligations for exhibitors of energy certificates. A breach of these due diligence duties is now also subject to a fine.

There is no longer a distinction between residential and non-residential buildings in the exhibition authorization for energy certificates. The exhibiting authority for non-residential buildings is therefore also extended to craftsmen and state-approved technicians with corresponding advanced training.

In order to improve enforcement, the authorities competent under national law shall be given a general and enforceable right of organization which extends not only to the owner or to the owner but also to involved third parties (eg planners or craftsmen).




Berlin / Dubai, January 16, 2017


State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy of the Federal Republic of Germany, and Minister for Energy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), have signed a joint declaration of intent on cooperation in the energy sector between Germany and the United Arab Emirates.




Berlin, 12.01.2017


The investment in a photovoltaic system pays even more for homeowners this year. Three reasons are making solar electricity more attractive: plant costs have declined by around ten percent in 2016. As a result of the increased electricity price at the turn of the year, the solar power consumption is also gaining more profit. The feed-in tariff also remained stable in January and is likely to rise in February.