Photo: solar photovoltaic pumping for irrigation in Lécera (Zaragoza), 3.7 kWp
The regulatory bases for subsidies for energy saving and diversification, rational use of energy, use of indigenous and renewable resources and energy infrastructures, within the Aragon ERDF Programme 2014-2020, have been published in the Official Gazette of Aragon.
We analyze the keys to the grants that are going to be offered this year.
For this year 2021, a call is planned for energy saving and diversification, use of indigenous and renewable resources, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The beneficiaries of this grant will be private companies and the self-employed, local corporations or entities, non-profit institutions or entities, communities of owners and individuals.
The actions of the new call will focus on the implementation of projects and installations of solar photovoltaic technology and solar thermal technology through hybrid solar panels (production of electricity and hot water).
These will be electricity self-consumption installations, with or without grid connection, for use in agricultural, livestock, industrial, aquaculture, service sector or residential installations, rural electrification, housing, lighting, pumping, irrigation, hydrogen production, applications for sustainable mobility, etc.
Self-consumption installations, with or without grid connection, must be up to a maximum power of 100 kWp of electrical power of the panels. And in the case of hybrid panels, up to a maximum power of 250 kWp.
These grants are aimed at applicants who have a minimum of technical knowledge or, where appropriate, are technically advised by third parties, to be able to access them, and also have sufficient financial capacity to finance the investment involved in the implementation of the project of the installation.
As the grant is co-financed with ERDF funds, the management control and the beneficiaries’ obligations are more demanding. As a novelty, and with the aim of facilitating the processing of aid and reducing the time required for the resolution of aid and the implementation of subsidised actions, the new call will reflect the recent Law 1/2021, of 11 February, on Administrative Simplification. This law promotes electronic management of administrative procedures.
The grant ceilings and maximum reference costs, as well as the assessment criteria and weighting ranges will be presented in the specific call for such grant for the Autonomous Community of Aragon. This call is expected to be published around mid-May.