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Results SDE+ 2020 spring round

22/09/2020

In April 2020 we have provided you with the first figures relating to the additional SDE+ 2020 spring round. On 14 September 2020 the final results of this SDE+ subsidy 2020 spring application round have been published. Here you find the overview of applicants that are awarded SDE+ subsidy, as well as information on their projects.

In total RVO received 7,562 SDE+ subsidy applications (for a total budget claim of EUR 4.1 billion). 7,012 projects were granted SDE+ subsidy, of which solar, as in previous application rounds, is by far the largest source with 6,882 projects. Of the EUR 4 billion budget that was available for the 2020 spring round, EUR 3.3 billion has been allocated. Below you will find an overview of the awarded projects for the different energy sources.

Category
 

No. of awarded projects

Allocated budget (in millions)

Capacity (in MW)

Maximum annual production (in PJ/ann.)

Solar

6,882

2,148

3,440

11,8

Wind

34

134

116

1,3

Geothermal

4

245

101

2,2

Biomass gas

6

563

113

3,1

Biomass heat / TES

21

202

112

1,9

Solar Thermal

63

11

29

0,1

Hydropower

2

0,1

0,04

0,0

Total

7,012

3,303

3,911

20,3

The SDE+ spring round was the last round whereby SDE+ subsidy was granted. As of autumn 2020, the SDE+ scheme has been broadened and transformed into the Sustainable Energy Transition Incentive Scheme (or SDE++ scheme), which has a focus on the reduction of CO₂ and other greenhouse gas emissions. Similar to its predecessor, the SDE+ scheme aims to cover the unprofitable surplus. Under this new scheme renewable energy will remain eligible for subsidy. However, also other techniques that reduce CO₂ emissions or other greenhouse gas emissions will now be eligible for subsidy (e.g. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), aqua thermal power and geothermal energy specific for the built environment).

In February 2020 we have informed you that Eric Wiebes, Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, announced plans to take the value of the guarantees of origin (GoOs) into account when determining the annual correction amount (i.e. the market price for solar PV or wind), therefore reducing the SDE++ subsidy amount. Now the minister has announced that also any revenue or avoided costs related to the European Trade System (ETS) will be taken into account during the first SDE++ subsidy round by means of incorporating a correction mechanism in the SDE++ regulation. It will be determined per category whether the unprofitable surplus will be corrected for revenue or costs related to ETS or not.

The first SDE++ subsidy round shall take place from 24 November 2020 to 17 December 2020, for which a budget of € 5 billion will be made available.

Authors

Picture of Cecilia Weijden
Cecilia van der Weijden
Partner
Amsterdam
Marcellina-Rietvelt-CMS-NL
Marcellina Rietvelt
Advocaat
Amsterdam
Maurits-Rabbie-CMS-NL
Maurits Rabbie
Advocaat
Amsterdam