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Subsidies and tax incentives

Subsidies and tax incentives

The Dutch government encourages organisations and companies to invest in sustainability measures such as solar panel systems. That’s why there are several subsidies or tax schemes that make the purchase of solar panels even more attractive. For example, there is the SDE++ subsidy for large-scale consumers, small-scale consumers can make use of the net metering scheme, and there are fiscal incentives available through the EIA and KIA schemes.

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What is the SDE++ subsidy?

The SDE++ is an operational subsidy for companies with a large consumption connection to the grid. This scheme subsidises the production of sustainable energy through the use of photovoltaic solar panels. The subsidy must be applied for before the system is installed and put into operation. The SDE++ subsidy scheme compensates the difference between the market price of the energy supplied and the cost price of the sustainable energy over a period of 15 years.

EID (Energy Investment Deduction) for entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs who invest in solar panels can make use of the Energy Investment Deduction scheme, abbreviated to the EID scheme. Operational assets, such as solar panels, that are eligible for the EID may be deducted from the taxable profit to the tune of 45.5% of the investment amount.

SSID ( Small-Scale Investment Deduction) for entrepreneurs

As an entrepreneur with a small consumer connection to the grid, you are allowed to deduct a maximum of 28% of your investment one time from your taxable profit. The investment needs to be at least € 2400. As an entrepreneur, the maximum amount of investment which you can deduct is € 323,544.

Normal fiscal depreciation

An investment in solar panels may be written off over 10 years. As an entrepreneur, you may therefore deduct a maximum of 73% (SSID 28% and EID 45%) from the initial investment. Furthermore, the system may be written off over 10 years. In total, you will then have a maximum tax deduction of 173% (over 10 years).

Net metering scheme

This scheme is intended for consumers and companies with a small consumer connection to the grid (maximum 3 x 80A). The generated sustainable electricity that is fed back into the grid can be offset against the electricity that you take from the grid. This prevents you from paying variable electricity costs. Solar panels are usually involved here. On the utility bill, the energy supplier specifies how much electricity you have generated and used. As of 2023, this scheme will be phased out by 9% annually.

We would be happy to tell you more about these schemes. We will look specifically at your situation to see which types of subsidies or attractive tax concessions may be applicable. We can then apply for the subsidies on your behalf and, if desired, take over the administrative side of things.