Netherlands launches 2018 support scheme for innovative solar, renewables


The Netherlands Enterprise Agency, Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland – RVO has announced it will start accepting applications for the support scheme for innovative energy projects, Topsector Energie, which will also include a specific section for solar and wind, from April 3, 2018.

Overall, the program has a budget of €130 million for this year, the same amount the Dutch government allocated in 2017.

The incentives will be granted to scientific institutions and enterprises that are combining sustainable and economic growth in their energy-related projects, the RVO stressed.

The scheme is being run by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate. This year’s scheme will also be open to interested enterprises or research institutes in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, which are three special municipalities of the Netherlands located in the Caribbean Sea.

The program will back research and development projects on sustainable energy, energy efficiency and grid integration.

Only projects submitted by consortia including at least one enterprise will be accepted, with the exception of Demonstration Projects Energy Innovation (DEI) and early adopter projects. Furthermore, consortia may only submit projects, which were not started prior to the subsidy application.