On Tuesday 1 June, the grants for energy saving and diversification, rational use of energy and use of indigenous and renewable resources, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), were published. For this year the total amount foreseen is €3,900,000, one million less than in 2019, although this reduction has been made to private individuals.
We explain the key points of the call for applications:
Grid-connected or off-grid self-consumption installations of up to 100 kWp, whether newly constructed or extensions (up to 250 kWp in the case of hybrid panels).
The period available to the beneficiary of the aid to implement and pay for the eligible actions (eligible period) starts on 1 January 2021 and ends on 29 October 2021, both dates inclusive.
- Private companies and the self-employed
- Corporations or local entities
- Non-profit institutions or entities
- Owners’ associations
- Individuals (individuals shall be understood to mean exclusively natural persons applying for aid for projects that are not subject to any economic activity).
- Competitive concurrence
- Provision of services, or improvement of existing services: 35% weighting.
- Improvement or novelty of the technological level and replicability: weighting of 10%.
- Technical and economic viability of the project within the established timeframe: weighting of 5%.
- Improvement in the level of energy saving and/or diversification: weighting of 15%.
- Reduction of environmental impact, pollution or emissions: weighting of 10%.
- Rebalancing and territorial redistribution: weighting of 25%.
- Projects that include gender discriminatory elements will be negatively assessed: weighting of 25%.
- Applications from applicants who have accepted subsidies in the previous five financial years and, without expressly renouncing them, have not implemented them, will be assessed negatively: weighting of 25%.
Amount of subsidy per beneficiary
Private companies and self-employed: 2.300.000 €.
Corporations or local entities: 1.100.000 €.
Non-profit institutions or entities. Owners’ associations and individuals: €500,000.
Total: 3.900.000 €.
Within the available credit, the individual amount of the grant to be awarded shall be:
(a) Where the beneficiary is a non-profit institution or entity, a community of owners or an individual: up to a maximum of 50 % of the eligible cost of the investment.
(b) Where the beneficiary is a private company or a self-employed person: up to a maximum of 60 % of the eligible cost of the investment.
(c) Where the beneficiary is a local authority or entity: up to a maximum of 80 % of the eligible cost of the investment.
The subsidies provided for in this Order which are aimed at private companies, the self-employed and non-profit organisations will be considered de minimis aid. Thus, depending on the scope of action of these beneficiaries:
Private companies, self-employed persons and non-profit entities engaged in the primary production of agricultural products shall be subject to the limit of the total amount of EUR 20,000 for a period of three tax years to be determined by reference to the previous two tax years and the current tax year.
Private companies, self-employed and non-profit entities in the fisheries and aquaculture sector shall be subject to the limit of the total amount of EUR 30,000.
All other private companies, self-employed persons and non-profit organisations will be subject to the limit of the total amount of 200,000 euros.
Other aids governed by the de minimis rule are diesel oil aids, stone fruit aids, drought aids and loans….
The elements of this type of installation that are considered eligible costs are the following:
Generators. Composed of the photovoltaic modules, interconnection elements, etc.
Storage. Consists of batteries, regulators, interconnection and wiring elements, battery level indicators, etc.
Energy conditioning. Consisting of inverters, electrical panels, switches and protections, wiring, etc.
Monitoring. Composed of sensors, data acquisition systems, remote communication systems, etc.
Electrical wiring. In the case of laying the rural electrification distribution network up to the supply points.
Civil works. This includes excavations, foundations, trenches, pipes, buildings, etc., provided they are related to the energy component of the project.
Engineering and site management.
Eligible costs are generally not considered to be eligible costs:
a) The cost of used fixed assets.
b) VAT and any taxes paid, levies and special contributions.
c) Financial expenses resulting from the investment, own staff costs and land acquisition costs.
d) In general, all those expenses that are not clearly defined or that are not directly aimed at achieving the energy objectives of the investment; in any case, the criteria of the Directorate General for Energy and Mines of the Department of Industry, Competitiveness and Business Development of the Government of Aragon shall prevail in the event of discrepancy.
For these actions, the reference cost for the calculation of the maximum eligible investment, in relation to the energy objectives, will be determined on the basis of the following criteria:
The maximum eligible investment in battery storage is capped at 2 kWh/kWp, which means €500/kWp for storage with lead, nickel and equivalent technology, and €1,500/kWp for storage with lithium-ion technology.
This exempts from having to submit three bids.
This year is the first year in which the entire procedure must be telematic.
Submission of applications: until 1 July inclusive.
Resolution: 3 months from publication. In other words, until 1 September at the latest. If it is not notified, it is understood to be rejected.
Justification and certification: until 29 October.