Attractive funding for pellet heating
The number of pellet heating systems installed in Germany continued to grow 2016. More than 400,000 systems are now in operation nationally. “ Raffeisen Bio-Brennstoffe GmbH and its distribution partners are optimally equipped to meet the continuously increasing demand for wood pellets thanks to effective logistics and high-quality products. Our clients can therefore rely on Raiffeisen Bio-Brennstoffe GmbH’s ability to supply the market”, says Managing Director Oliver Korting.
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The company distributes high-quality pellets which are certified to ENplus A1 standard.
Pellet heating is interesting for consumers in many respects: “The attractive price of the pellets, the high CO2 saving potential and, above all, substantial government incentives are pushing consumers to consider this heating technology”, emphasises Oliver Korting. Significant subsidies are available through incentive programmes at both the national and state level. From federal funds, at least 4,200 euros are currently available for a pellet boiler with a buffer tank and 6,300 euros are possible for a boiler with condensing technology and buffer tank. In addition, state-level incentives are also available. The progres.NRW programme was newly launched a few days ago in North Rhine-Westphalia. An additional 1,750 euros are available through this programme for a pellet boiler system. Cumulating federal grants is possible but this is tied to particular requirements. Homeowners can therefore get a 8,050 euros grant for a pellet boiler with condensing technology and a buffer tank, for example.
Be knowledgeable and stop giving money away
“There are also further grants for optimising heating systems”, says Oliver Korting. “Therefore, it is worth examining the incentive programmes in more detail. It then becomes obvious how quickly an investment in pellet heating can be recouped.” Korting suspects that the full range of government funding opportunities is still not well-known enough. “Consumers need to be knowledgeable – no one should be giving money away here.” In addition, the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (Reconstruction Credit Institute, KfW) gives out low interest loans for installing pellet heating systems.
Raiffeisen Bio-Brennstoffe GmbH is an affiliated company of AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG and, in collaboration with cooperative partners, an established service provider not only in the wood pellet, but also in the wood chip, biomass and wood briquette market. The company distributes products throughout Germany – from North Rhine-Westphalia up to the Danish border and down to Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria. Besides AGRAVIS, other partners include AGRI V Raiffeisen eG in Raesfeld, the Emscher-Lippe eG, Hohe Mark Hamaland eG, and Haltern eG cooperatives as well as Raiffeisen Sauerland Hellweg Lippe eG as from the beginning of 2016.
An overview of the incentive programmes is available at www.raiffeisen-bio-brennstoffe.de