Hands holding pellets in front of an pellet heater

© BMWi/Maria Parussel

For many years, the Federal Government has been promoting the use of renewable energies for the heating and cooling of homes under the successful Market Incentive Programme (MAP) (in German). In order to make the funding procedure even clearer and more transparent to applicants, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has revised its application procedure and has standardised it for all funding areas.

MAP application procedures are now the same for all applicants

As of 1 January 2018, the application for MAP funding must in all cases be submitted before the start of actions for which support is sought. The applicant must therefore always submit his application before issuing an order to construct a solar thermal installation or a heat pump for instance. Planning services may however be commissioned and provided prior to the application process. A transitional period applies for grants issued up to the end of the year. For further information, please contact the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA) at the telephone number (+49) 06196 908 2156 or -2721 (MAP division).

To date, there have been two different funding procedures. They particularly differed in the timing of the application submission which had to be either before or after the installation of the plant to be supported. All other requirements for the eligibility of renewable heat technologies laid down in the MAP remain unchanged. The amendment of the MAP funding guidelines (in German) was published in the Federal Gazette on 14 August 2017.

The amendment to the MAP application procedure is intended to prepare the implementation of the promotion strategy for energy efficiency and renewable energies (in German). Under the plans for the new funding strategy, the funding targeted at private households will be gradually reformed and restructured by 2020.

What is the Market Incentive Programme (MAP)?

Under the Market Incentive Programme (MAP), the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is providing funding for renewables-based installations used for the heating and cooling of homes, such as solar thermal energy installations, heat pumps or pellet boilers, and the construction of heating grids and heat accumulators. Subsidies for small-scale plants are provided by means of investment grants via the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA). Larger investments are being supported via repayment grants for low-interest KfW loans under the KfW "Renewable Energies - Premium" Programme (in German).

For all information regarding energy efficiency actions by the Federal Government, please go to www.machts-effizient.de (in German).