The first opening round for the expanded SDE ++ (subsidy Sustainable Energy Transition) scheme resulted in 4,112 subsidy applications. A budget claim of € 6.4 billion was made; more than the available budget of 5 billion euros. Solar PV stands out with a budget claim of nearly 2.4 billion euros. The requested budget for wind was 100 million euros.
In 2020, the former SDE+ (Stimulation of Sustainable Energy Production) scheme was expanded to stimulate other CO2-reducing technologies in addition to renewable energy. As a result, in the SDE++ , various new technologies are eligible for subsidy, such as heat pumps, electric boilers, use of residual heat, hydrogen production by means of electrolysis and CO₂ capture and storage (CCS).
The SDE ++ 2020 ran between November 24 and December 17 2020. A total of 4,112 applications were received. According to the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), the applications show that there is great interest in both existing and new techniques and that new applicants have been able to find the SDE ++.
Largest part of the budget claim for solar-pv
Most applications have been submitted for the production of sustainable energy (see scheme (in Dutch)). A strikingly large part (3,989) was for solar PV installations (solar panels), together they accounted for a budget claim of almost 2.4 billion euros. CO2 capture and storage (CCS) takes second place in terms of budget claim with just over 2.1 billion euros.
A total of 16 subsidy applications for wind projects were received. These have a joint budget claim of 100 million euros and represent a total capacity of 107 MW. Also included was one application for hydrogen (2 MW).
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency will assess the applications submitted for completeness and technical and financial feasibility in the near future.