BG16RFOP002-3.001 „Energy Efficiency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises“

Under Operational Programme "Innovation and Competitiveness" 2014-2020

Purpose

The procedure provides focused support to Bulgarian micro-, small and medium enterprises to promote the implementation of energy efficiency measures in order to achieve sustainable growth and competitiveness of the economy.

Eligible Applicants

  • Micro-, small or medium-sized enterprise under the Small and Medium Enterprises Act
  • Having a minimum of three completed financial years (2013, 2014 and 2015.)
  • With main economic activity according to the Classification of Economic Activities (NACE - 2008) in the sectors:

B. Mining and quarrying

C. Manufacturing

D. Production and distribution of electricity, heat and gaseous fuels

E. Water supply; sewerage, waste management and redemption

F. Construction

Eligible Activities

  • Acquisition of machines,  installations and equipment representing fixed assets
  • Acquisition of long-term intangible assets (incl. software development)
  • Expenses for construction works: (i) of industrial buildings and/or (ii) energy efficiency measures – up to 50% of the project costs

Requirements

Each  envisaged activity within Element A "Investments" should be in implementation of energy efficiency measures, including energy efficiency audits carried out by registered persons/auditors under Art. 60, Para. 1 of the Energy Efficiency Act. Each of the activities foreseened within Element A "Investments" must have a confirmed effect of energy savings equal to at least 5% for the respective measure according to the energy efficiency audit.

  • Introduction and certification of energy management systems, including EN ISO 50001.
  • The acquisition of an investment project under the Spatial Planning Act, which is associated with the project and is required for its implementation
  • Purchase of materials needed for the implementation of the measures  within Element A
  • Audit of the project - up to BGN 5,000
  • Dissemination and valorization - up to BGN 3,000

Requirements
Costs within  Element B should not exceed 30% of the total acceptable project expenses.

Activities aiming at informing the society about the source of project funding.

Application Deadlines

  • Submission of energy audits for approval to the Sustainable Energy Development Agency (SEDA) - no later than August 10, 2016.
  • Submission of project proposals (along wirh the approved SEDA) - 19:00h on October 12, 2016.