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Stimulation of sustainable energy production and climate transition (SDE++)

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Will you be to producing renewable energy or applying CO2-reducing techniques? If so, you may be eligible for the subsidy sustainable energy 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.

The SDE++ will expand on the former Stimulation of sustainable energy production (SDE+) scheme. This new scheme not only stimulates sustainable energy production but also CO2-reduction. In this way, the government wants to ensure that the energy transition in the Netherlands remains feasible and affordable.

Opening round and budget

The SDE++ 2021 is open from 5 October to 11 November.

A budget of € 5 billion is available.

SDE++ tender round

PhaseStart and end dateSubsidy intensity phase limit
(€/tonne CO2)

Phase 1

5 October 09:00 CET to 11 October 17:00 CET60

Phase 2

11 October 17:00 CET to 25 October 17:00 CET80

Phase 3

25 October 17:00 CET to 8 November 17:00 CET115
Phase 4

8 November 17:00 CET to 11 November 17:00 CET



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 other CO2-reducing techniques. Some of these techniques also fell under the SDE+. The pages will be updated as soon as we know more about the techniques within SDE++ 2021.

Categories SDE++

Main categorySubcategory
Renewable elektricity
  • Osmosis
  • Hydropower
  • Wind
  • Solar
Renewable heat and CHP
  • Biomass (fermentation and combustion)
  • Composing mushroom compost
  • Geothermal (deep and ultra-deep)
  • Solar themal energy
Renewable gas
  • Biomass (fermentation and gasification)
Low-carbon heat
  • Aquathermal energy (recovered from surface water (TEO) and waste water (TEA))
  • Daylight greenhouses
  • Electric boiler
  • Geothermal (shallow)
  • Waste heat
  • Heat pump
Low-carbon production
  • Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)
  • Hydrogen by elektrolysis


For some installations producing energy with biomass, there is a system of controls in place to ensure that it meets criteria for sustainability.

If you are granted a 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.


During the opening rounds, you can apply for the SDE++ at 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.
You will receive a subsidy decision within 13 weeks of submitting your application. If it is positive, it will state how much subsidy you will receive.

After the decision

Have you received a positive decision on your application for the SDE+ or SDE++? If so, you can start to realise your project and you will receive a monthly subsidy advance. At the end of the subsidy period, you will apply for the subsidy to be determined.

Are you interested in SDE++? Read more on application and the step-by-step guide on our application page (Actualization follows).

Banking of production

SDE+(+) allows for the option of banking. In case less sustainable energy is produced 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 wind. 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.

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