The opening of the 2021 grant scheme Energie efficiëntie glastuinbouw (Energy Efficiency Glasshouse Horticulture), or EG, has yielded far more applications than expected. A total of 251 applications were received, representing more than 42 million euros in subsidies. Klaas de Vries, speaking on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture, explains on Kas als Energiebron (Greenhouse as Energy Source) that three-quarters of the funding is for the use of LED lighting in greenhouses. Reason enough for the Ministry to increase the budget.
Under the EC subsidy scheme, there were two openings this year. The first opened on April 1st for energy-saving techniques that were already eligible in 2020, with a maximum budget of EUR 18 million. The second opening for LED lighting, high-pressure fogging installation, and raising the height of the greenhouse and covering it with diffuse glass with double-sided AR coating opened in June after approval from the European Commission under state aid rules and originally had a budget of 7 million euros.
The complete replacement of SON-T lighting by LED lighting in greenhouses was added to the EC scheme as part of the implementation of the Urgenda ruling. In August, the budget for this scheme was increased for the first time, from 7 million to 12 million euros. After 1 December, it turned out that a large number of subsidy applications had been submitted shortly before the opening, particularly for LED lighting. The Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality has therefore once again approved an increase in the budget to €30 million.
It is expected that the EC scheme will also be open for subsidy applications in 2022 from April.
Source: Kas als Energiebron