Under the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment entrepreneurs can apply for financing of projects involving the improvement of energy efficiency, waste management, production of energy derived from renewable resources and development of high-efficiency cogeneration projects. The initial competitions for entrepreneurs under the Infrastructure and Environment Operational Programme, which are organized by the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management, concern the financing of high-efficiency cogeneration sources and the district heating and cooling systems for high-efficiency cogeneration.
The submission of proposals is conducted under two Submeasures: 1.6.1 and 1.6.2. Under the Submeasure 1.6.1 grants will be awarded for cogeneration technology projects that involve the construction of new energy and heat production units or result in an increase in capacity of existing cogeneration units with a total rated power supply of 1 MW.
Preference will be given to projects with the greatest CO2 reduction potential per unit of funding, which at the same time enable the greatest reduction in emissions of particles into the air. In the case of investment aid for high-efficiency cogeneration units in fuel combustion, installations with a total rated thermal input, calculated in the fuel input, less than or equal to 20 MW, applicants must demonstrate that these units do not replace lower emissivity devices and that other alternatives would be less efficient and more emissive. The maximum level of funding under the Submeasure 1.6.1 is 80 per cent of the eligible costs, calculated as the difference between the investment costs and the costs of reference installation of adequate power. Eligible costs may include the following categories:
The budget of the current competition is PLN300 million and the proposals can be submitted until 30th September 2016. The launch of subsequent competitions is planned for the coming years.
Under the Submeasure 1.6.2 grants will be awarded for projects that involve the construction of heating or cooling networks (and connections), mainly for communal and living purposes, in areas with previously prepared plans for a low carbon economy. Support is expected for:
Eligible expenditures include, inter alia:
The maximum level of funding under the Submeasure 1.6.2 is 85 per cent of the eligible costs, recognized as the difference between the sum of the discounted investment outlay for the realization of the project and the sum of the discounted revenue extended by residual value, calculated in the period of 25 years from the day of the submission of the funding proposal. The budget of the competition under the Submeasure 1.6.2. is PLN60 million, and the proposals can be submitted until 30th September 2016. The launch of subsequent competitions is planned in the coming years.
Bartosz Igielski, manager, Grants & Incentives
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