Loan (KfW Renewable Energy Programme – Standard)

Updated: 11.01.2019

Author: Tim Sternkopf

The KfW Renewable Energy Programme–Standard gives low interest loans for investments in installations for electricity production indiscriminate of the technology in accordance with the EEG. Additionally, the programme supports also installations for short or long-term accumulation of power (such as power-to-heat, power-to-gas, power-to-liquid).  The financial support is a long-term and low-interest loan with a fixed interest period of 5 or 10 years including a repayment-free start-up period (KfW Renewable Energy Programme Standard). The plant operator or investor signs a contract with the bank (Hausbank) specifying the terms of contract. If not agreed differently between the contracting parties, the KfW Rules for investment loans apply.

Eligible technologies

In general, all technologies are promoted in accordance with the EEG.

Wind energy

On-shore plants, repowering

Solar energy


Geothermal energy









Up to 100% of the investment costs eligible for financing (without VAT), however, not more than EUR 50 million per project. It is a long-term and low-interest (1,05 %) loan with a fixed interest period of 5 or 10 years including a repayment-free start-up period. A fixed interest period of up to 20 years is granted if technical and economic duration of co-financed investment is longer than 10 years. Moreover, a commitment fee of 0.25 % per month is charged.


Domestic, foreign and public enterprises, public corporations, communal joint bodies, public agency, freelance professionals (such as doctors, tax consultant, architects, farms, natural persons, associations, cooperatives, foundations with legal capacities. Natural persons and charitable applicants must sell or feed a part of the generated energy into the grid.


Process flow

Applications have to be submitted to a bank before starting the project. Planning services prior to the application are allowed. Relevant application forms can be downloaded from:

Competent authority

KfW loans are administered and disbursed by regular banks.

Distribution of costs


KfW Bankengruppe bears the costs of offering low-interest loans.

Plant operator

The installation operator has to pay back the loan.


Further information