Grant for renewable energy and CO2 reducing technologies in the Netherlands

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Stimulating Sustainable Energy Production and Climate Transition (SDE++)

The Stimulating Sustainable Energy Production and Climate Transition (SDE++) grant is a grant from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). The SDE++ focuses on the large-scale rollout of techniques that produce renewable energy, and other techniques that reduce the emission of greenhouse gases (CO2).

In short

SDE++ overview

For whom?


(Non-)profit institutions in industry, agriculture, electricity, and the built environment sectors

When to apply

This scheme is currently closed for applications. A new application round is expected in 2023.

How much?

The budget of the SDE++ grant scheme was 13 billion euros in 2022 and 5 billion euros in 2021. Read more about the grant amounts of SDE++ here.

For what?

The SDE++ is an operating grant. This means that you can receive the grant during the operating period of your project. Do you have installations for the production of renewable energy, installations whereby you reduce the emission of CO₂, or systems for the capture of CO₂? These can qualify for an SDE++ grant.

Overview of

SDE++ categories

Renewable electricity

    • Osmosis
    • Hydropower
    • Wind
    • Solar PV

Renewable heat (CHP)

    • Biomass (fermentation and combustion)
    • Composting
    • Geothermal (ultra)deep
    • Solar thermal

Renewable gas

    • Biomass (fermentation and gasification)

Low-CO2 heat

    • Aquathermal (TEO, TEA and TED)
    • Daylight greenhouse
    • Solar PVT panels with heat pump
    • Electric boiler
    • Geothermal (shallow)
    • Residual heat
    • Industrial heat pump
    • Hybrid glass furnace
Low-CO2 production

    • CO2 capture, storage and utilisation
    • Advanced renewable fuels
    • Hydrogen by electrolysis

SDE++ scheme adjustments

Grant for hydrogen and hybrid glass furnaces

It is now also possible to receive an SDE++ grant for hydrogen production installations that are directly linked to a wind or solar park. Hybrid glass furnaces for industry are also eligible for the SDE++.

Another more recent adjustment is that the ceiling for CO2 capture and storage (CCS) in industry has been increased by 1.5 megatonnes.


Meet the requirements

SDE++ conditions

Do you want to be eligible for the SDE++? Then you must meet a number of general conditions:

The grant is available only to Dutch companies.

The grant is intended only for targeted producers.

You can submit one application per category.

You need to provide a strong feasibility study.

Usually, one or more permits are required for the production installation.

The grant amount you apply for (the so-called phase amount) may vary.


Purpose of the SDE++

The SDE++ is a grant for the deployment of techniques for generating renewable energy and other CO2-reducing techniques. In this way, the government wants to ensure that energy transition in the Netherlands remains feasible and affordable.

”At EGEN, I work on energy saving in industry and large-scale renewable energy projects. I talk to clients about energy and sustainability and come up with practical opportunities from the legislative and regulatory perspective. In this way, I contribute to the development of projects which have a major impact.”

Contact  Niels Schoorlemmer →

Grant amounts

How much funding can you receive?

The SDE++ compensates for the difference between the cost price of the sustainable energy or the CO2 emissions to be reduced and the (possible) revenues. The grant is provided over a period of 12 or 15 years. How many years you receive a grant depends on the technology that you use. The grant amount depends on the technology used and the CO2 reduction you ultimately achieve with it. The maximum grant intensity that you can claim with an SDE++ technology is 300 euros per tonne of CO2 reduction.


  • Phase 1 – For projects with a grant intensity of up to 65 euros per tonne of CO2
  • Phase 2 – For projects with a grant intensity of up to 75 euros per tonne of CO2
  • Phase 3 – For projects with a grant intensity of up to 105 euros per tonne of CO2
  • Phase 4 – For projects with a grant intensity of up to 165 euros per tonne of CO2
  • Phase 5 – For projects with a grant intensity of up to 300 euros per tonne of CO2

Phased opening

SDE++ opening round

An opening round of the SDE++ has 5 phases. During the first phase, you can only apply for a grant for projects with a grant requirement up to a certain grant amount per tonne of CO2. During the following phases, this maximum grant amount per tonne of CO2 is gradually increased. You can also submit projects with a lower grant requirement than the set maximum for the relevant technology. In this way, market parties are encouraged to submit projects at a lower price and thus have a greater chance of receiving grants.
Opening round SDE++ 2022 (now closed)
Phase limits € per tonne of CO₂
28 June, 9:00 a.m. – 11 July,
5:00 p.m.
11 July, 5:00 p.m. – 29 August,
5:00 p.m.
29 August, 5:00 p.m. – 12 September,
5:00 p.m.
12 September, 5:00 p.m. – 26 September,
5:00 p.m.
26 September, 5:00 p.m. – 6 October,
5:00 p.m.

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