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17/05/2016 | News, Newsletter May 2016
New incentive for district heating in Baden-Württemberg
In addition to States’ incentives, Baden-Württemberg now also supports concepts and investments for district heating, and in particular district heating networks supplied with solar thermal energy.

The new incentive, published at the end of February, is composed of three key elements. Firstly, the State of Baden-Württemberg supports heat plans with a grant covering up to 20% of the costs for climate protection studies, in addition to the 50% subvention of the German State.

The second incentive aims at supporting and improving information. In each region, one consulting and networking initiative dealing in a pro-active way with energy efficient district heating networks is promoted. Municipalities and public entities should be informed about the technology and technical and conceptual propositions for the implementation of local district heating networks should arise. Thomas Pauschinger from the Steinbeis Research Institute Solites underlines that this incentive also reduces financial risks for district heating operators. As a matter of fact, a significant amount of work must be realized already in the planning phase of a project, even if it is not guaranteed that the project can really be implemented.

The third key element consists in an additional grant of up to 20% of the eligible costs that can be combined with the incentives from the German State’s program. This leads primarily to an increase in the quality of district heating networks, since corresponding requirements are defined. A maximum of 200 000 € are financed by Baden-Württemberg, but this maximal value can be doubled thanks to additional bonuses. One bonus of up to 50 000 € corresponds to the integration of solar thermal energy, another 50 000 € to large heat storages. Equally high bonuses are available for the integration of industrial heat losses and the reduction of net return temperatures to less than 45°.

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(German language)
Source: Energiekommune
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