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SDE++ Apply

Last checked on:
19 March 2024
Published on:
29 November 2013

Are you going to produce renewable energy or apply CO2-reducing techniques? If so, you may be eligible for the subsidy sustainable energyproduction and climate transition (SDE++). This subsidy is intended for companies and organisations (non-profit and otherwise) in sectors such as industry, mobility, electricity, agriculture and the built environment. The Dutch national government cannot take part.

Opening round and budget 2024

The next opening round is from 10 September to 10 October. 

A budget of € 11,5 billion is available for the SDE++ 2024.

SDE++ tender round 2023
Phase Start and end date 2023 Subsidy intensity phase limit
(€/tonne CO2)
Phase 1 10 September 9:00 to 16 September 17:00 hours 75
Phase 2 16 September 17:00 to 23 September 17:00 hours 150
Phase 3 23 September 17:00 to 30 September 17:00 hours 225
Phase 4 30 September 17:00 to 7 October 17:00 hours 300
Phase 5 7 October 17:00 to 10 October 17:00 hours 400

For more information on the various phases, the maximum subsidy amounts and the ranking of applications, see the Features SDE++ page.


The SDE++ provides subsidies for the use of techniques for the generation of renewable energy and the reduction of CO2. The table below provides an overview of the techniques that may be eligible for SDE++ subsidy in 2023. In 2024 there will be a few new categories. We will publish these soon.

Categories SDE++

Main category Subcategory
Renewable elektricity
  • Osmosis
  • Hydropower
  • Wind
  • Solar PV
Renewable heat
  • Biomass fermentation
  • Biomass combustion
  • Composting
  • Geothermal energy
  • Solar thermal energy
Renewable gas
  • Biomass fermentation
  • Biomass gasification
Low-carbon heat
  • Aquathermal energy
  • Air-water heat pump
  • Daylight greenhouses
  • Solar PVT panels with a heat pump
  • Electric boilers
  • Geothermal energy with heat pump
  • Waste heat recovery
  • Industrial heat pumps
Low-carbon production
  • Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)
  • Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU)
  • Advanced renewable fuels
  • Hydrogen production by elektrolysis

For some production facilities that use biomass to generate energy, there is a system of controls in place to ensure that the criteria for sustainability are met.

If you are granted an SDE++ subsidy, it will be awarded over a period of 12 or 15 years. The duration of your subsidy will depend on which technology you use.


In order to be eligible for the SDE++ scheme, you must meet several conditions. There are general conditions and category-specific conditions. View the general conditions.


You can read how to do this, which appendices you need to enclose and how the Netherlands Enterprise Agency assesses the applications in the SDE++ Step-by-step plan.

Step-by-step plan

Continue reading if you want to find out how you can apply, and what documents you need to attach to your application. For more information about the phases, the maximum subsidy amounts and how applications are ranked, see the Features of the SDE++ Scheme page.

You can no longer apply for the subsidy in 2023. The facility is closed. The SDE++ 2024 will be open from 10 September to 10 October.

You will receive a subsidy decision within 13 weeks of submitting your application. This period can be extended once by a further 13 weeks. If it is positive, it will state the maximum amount of subsidy you may receive over the entire duration of the subsidy.

After the decision

Have you received a positive decision on your application for the SDE+ or SDE++? If so, you can start to implement your project. After realization of your production facility you will receive a monthly subsidy advance. Once a year your subsidy will be adjusted in accordance with your actual production rates and the actual corrective amount. 

Priority for techniques within a category of techniques

Just like in 2023 there will be categories of techniques in the subsidy budget. A category ensures that certain techniques with a higher subsidy intensity have a better chance of being discussed. This concerns techniques that fall under 'Low-temperature heat', 'High-temperature heat' and 'Molecules'. These we call domains. In the brochure you can read which techniques are involved.

These techniques are less cost-effective in the short term, but in the longer term they are necessary for the energy transition. Costs may decrease as they become more widely used. To stimulate projects in these domains, we reserve € 1 billion per domain.

We treat subsidy applications within the categories in the same way as outside the categories. When the budget within a category has been divided, any remaining applications for this domain will be transferred to the budget outside the category. If budget remains within a category, we add this to the budget outside the category so that other techniques can still claim it.

Banking of production

SDE+(+) allows for the option of banking. In case the production is less than predicted, you can use the difference in later years. Producers can also carry over any excess output to the following year.

The latest form of banking cannot be more than 25% of the subsidised yearly production of energy, except for the wind categories. The wind factor provides an alternative to banking in covering the operator's risk of losing out on subsidy. 

This infographic (pdf) explains the banking system.

Brochure SDE++

Every year we publish an information brochure that provides an overview of the techniques and categories that one can apply for. The terms and conditions of each category are also enclosed in this document. More information regarding the SDE++ 2023 can be found in the brochure below. Will we publish the 2024 version soon.

More information

Commissioned by:
  • Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy
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