Energy efficiency; application for a loan with repayment subsidy for measures to provide process heat from renewable energies

If you invest in systems for the provision of process heat from renewable energies, you can apply for a loan with a repayment subsidy under certain conditions.



Applications can be submitted by:

  • domestic and foreign commercial enterprises
  • municipal enterprises
  • farmers
  • freelancers
  • Contractors who carry out measures for a company eligible to apply.

Further requirements:

  • You must be creditworthy
  • Your company must have its registered office or a branch in Germany
  • the subsidized measure must be implemented in Germany and operated for at least three years
  • more than 50 percent of the process heat generated by the measure must be used for the manufacture of products or services
  • your measure must meet minimum technical requirements


You must submit the application for funding in writing to the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW).

  • You first need a financing partner, through whom you then submit your application to KfW. A financing partner can be a bank, building society or financial intermediary.
  • Select your financing partner and make an appointment for consultation. If you are looking for a financing partner, you can use the online consultation request on the KfW website for this purpose.
  • During the consultation appointment, the financing partner will check whether your planned measure meets all the requirements and whether you are creditworthy.
  • You complete the loan application together with your financing partner. Your financing partner informs you which other forms and documents you need for your application.
  • Your financing partner submits the completed loan application to KfW. KfW reviews your application and decides on the funding.
  • You will then receive notification from your financing partner as to whether your loan with repayment subsidy will be approved.
  • Conclude the loan agreement with your financing partner and start the measure. KfW will pay you the loan amount in full.
  • When you have completed the measure, you must prove to your financing partner,
    • that you have spent the money from the loan on the measure and
    • that the measure technically fulfills its performance.
  • You submit this evidence to your financing partner.
  • Your financing partner will check and confirm your evidence and forward it to KfW.
  • If KfW has also checked the evidence, you will receive the repayment subsidy as a credit.

It is best to seek advice from an energy efficiency expert before submitting your application for funding. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can apply for subsidies for this from the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) in the program "Federal funding for energy consulting in SMEs".


  • Application deadline:
    • until 31.12.2022
    • Before the start of the measure
  • Call-up period of the credit: within 12 months after credit approval, in one sum or in partial amounts
  • Proof of use of the funds: within 12 months after full disbursement of the loan.

Processing time

for processing the application: 3 to 6 weeks.

Once you have submitted your application, you can start the measure at your own financial risk.

Required documents

  • Required document/s

    You must submit the following with your application:

    • Process heat data sheet
    • Hydraulic system diagram
    • Offer for the planned system
    • for contracting projects: Confirmation of the contracting project
    • for SME funding: Self-declaration of compliance with the SME definition
    • for "de minimis" funding: "de minimis" declaration

    The other documents you may need to submit in your case can be found in the annex to the information sheet "Minimum technical requirements for process heat from renewable energies".

    Once you have completed your measure, you must submit the following documents:

    • Confirmation after implementation of the investment measure

  • Forms on the KfW website (under Forms and Downloads)


  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Muster Kreditvertrag
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and submitted to the responsible authority in person.

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Muster Statistisches Beiblatt
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and submitted to the responsible authority in person.


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