Ambitious climate targets and the production of renewable energy are closely linked. In this context, the Netherlands still has a great deal of catching up to do in order to make the energy mix greener with renewable energy. The Renewable Energy Regulation (HER) aims to make additional sustainable energy production possible by 2030 and to keep the energy transition affordable. The ultimate goal is a future saving of SDE+ grant.
This scheme is open to a wide range of renewable energy sources. Projects can be classified into the following categories:
- SDE+ techniques: Making the production of renewable energy cheaper.
- Offshore wind energy: Making the production of renewable energy cheaper, especially for generation by offshore wind turbines.
- Generation and storage: Combining storage and generation of renewable energy
- Generation and smart grids: Combining smart schemes with the production of renewable energy on a decentralized level.
- Non-SDE+ techniques where additional production is feasible through innovations
A maximum of €6 million can be applied for per project. The grant percentages vary from 50% for industrial research, 25% for experimental development and 45% for demonstration projects (possibly increased by 10-20% for small and medium-sized enterprises).
- Renewable energy in this scheme means that the energy is produced from plants that use only renewable energy sources or the share of energy that a hybrid plant generates from renewable sources.
- The aim of the scheme is to reduce the unprofitable top of renewable energy. This should lead to savings in SDE+ expenditure in the future. In the case of the HER, the financial savings achieved by a project must be greater than the subsidy applied for in the case of the project. In addition to the project, the savings also include spin-off projects and repeat projects.
Opening up: The HER 2018 is now open until 31 March 2020 with a budget of €50 million.