The SDE+ subsidy scheme (Stimuleringsregeling Duurzame Energieproductie) is the central compensation scheme available for the production of renewable electricity, renewable gas and renewable heat or combined heat and power in the Netherlands. Companies and (non-profit) organisations intending to produce renewable energy may apply for the SDE+ subsidy.

The subsidy is divided into different categories, i.e. energy generated from (i) biomass, (ii) geothermal sources, (iii) water, (iv) wind, and (v) sun. Each category has its own requirements, phasing and rates. The category wind pertains to onshore wind, wind on primary flood defences and wind on lake. The tender procedure for offshore wind is being conducted separately from the main SDE+ scheme, as the offshore wind energy generation capacity is to be increased from 1,000 MW to 4,500 MW in 2023. Therefore a different subsidy and permit application procedure applies to offshore wind projects, whereby the second round of offshore wind tenders for Borssele Wind Farm Sites III and IV will open on 16 September 2016.

An SDE+ subsidy can only be granted if the applicant obtained all necessary permits and requirements, being:

  • an environmental permit, including the permit application;
  • a statement from the owner of the location of the proposed energy-saving installation, in case the applicant is not the owner of the location;
  • a feasibility study (if applicable, including a wind report); and
  • an exploration license under the Mining Act and geological research (applies to geothermal energy production only).

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (Rijskdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland) processes the SDE+ applications on a first come, first served basis. In case applications exceed the SDE+ budget available in one day, the application for the lowest amount will be ranked first.

For the autumn round of SDE+ applications the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs made a total budget of EUR 5 billion available. Official applications can be made between 9 AM (09:00) on 27 September 2016 and 5 PM (17:00) on 27 October 2016 (CEST).