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++ grant overview

For whom?


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

When to apply

Initially, the start of the application round was scheduled for June. It has now been moved up and is likely to start in September 2023.

How much?

For the 2023 SDE++ round, a total budget of 8 billion euros has been reserved. Read here more about SDE++ grant amounts 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? Do you have installations whereby you reduce the emission of CO2 or systems for the capture of CO2? Then they can qualify for an SDE++ grant.

Overview of

SDE++ themes

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
    • Air-water heat pumps (new in 2023!)
Low-CO2 production

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

SDE++ adjustments scheme

New in 2023

New in 2023 is the possibility to apply for SDE++ grants for air-water heat pumps (for large-scale heating of water with heat from outside air). Also new is the possibility in (certain cases) to withdraw a granted SDE++ application and resubmit it for a more favorable grant amount. A third major change in 2023 is the introduction of budgetary “fences” that provide a different assessment system for certain techniques. Read more details in our article on changes to the SDE++.

Meet the requirements

SDE++ criteria

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.


The purpose of 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 budget and amounts

How much funding can you receive?

The budget of the SDE++ grant scheme was €13 billion in 2022. In 2021 this was still €5 billion. 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 €400 per tonne of CO2 reduction.


  • Phase 1 – For projects with a grant intensity of up to €90 per tonne of CO2
  • Phase 2 – For projects with a grant intensity of up to €180 per tonne of CO2
  • Phase 3 – For projects with a grant intensity of up to €240 per tonne of CO2
  • Phase 4 – For projects with a grant intensity of up to €300 per tonne of CO2
  • Phase 5 – For projects with a grant intensity of up to €400 per tonne of CO2

Phased opening

Opening round SDE++

An opening round of the SDE++ has 5 phases. The table on the right refers to the round that was supposed to start in June. However, this year’s application round has been postponed until September. The new phasing will follow. 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.

Phase limits € / tonne of CO₂
Max. 90
Max. 180
Max. 240
Max. 300
Max. 400

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