Estonia: Summary

Updated: 05.12.2017

Author: Gert Siniloo

Support schemes

In Estonia, RES-H&C is supported through various investment subsidies. The distribution of the support is round-based and is allocated based on applications and available funds. 

More about support schemes

Grid issues

In Estonia, local authorities determine the conditions and procedure for the connection of heating plants to the grid. Furthermore, local authorities also determine the grid development obligation. When new heating production capacities are necessary, the grid operator is obligated to launch a public call for heat producers in order to determine the best offer. Priority is not given to the heat produced from RES sources. However, when possible, preference should be given to heat produced from RES and CHP plants. The grid operator concludes contracts with heat producers for a period of maximum 12 years.   

More about grid issues


In Estonia, the development of specific regulatory measures concerning renewable energies is ongoing. Certification system for people working with RES installations has been put to place. However, where no nationwide regulation exists, incentives are created on the local level through available investment supports and loans.  

More about policies

Further information

  • Majandus- ja Kommunikatsiooniministeerium (MKM) – Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications
  • Siim Meeliste
  • +372 625 63 42
  • MKM website
  • info(at)
  • Keskkonnainvesteeringute Keskus (KIK) – Environmental Investment Centre
  • + 372 627 4125
  • KIK website