This concerns you: Attention – The deadline for applying for a solar water heater subsidy on has expired

This concerns you: Attention – The deadline for applying for a solar water heater subsidy on has expired

Solar water heater: The “Change water heater” platform on is open, but has a time limit expiring. See all the latest data on the grant which reaches up to 900 euros.

THE the “I change the water heater” program has a special appealbecause it gives thousands of households the opportunity to energy-efficiently modernize their homes with a solar water heater installation at a particularly low price thanks to the subsidy and to invest in long-term money savings.

Initially, of the approximately 3 million interested households, only 120,000 will be able to obtain the coveted good for replacing the electric water heater they have. After all, this is one of the basic conditions of the program: having a uniform electric water heater with a capacity of at least 40 liters.

However, this does not mean that you should not take the opportunity to express your interest, as long as you meet the basic criteria, even if you are not on the first list to receive the SMS with the voucher.

As with “Switch device”, more funds will slowly be released, and therefore more people will enter the grant. You have to be careful because apps expire, maybe earlier than expected.

The platform the acceptance of applications will be open until June 20, 2023, at 3:00 p.m. After that, it will not reopen and you will not be able to apply.

Since, in fact, the market for solar water heaters has taken over and the cost has increased after the announcement of the program, even if the finances do not work out, it would be good to apply and if you receive good , it is not compulsory to use it.

Changing a water heater: Terms and conditions

The potential beneficiaries of the Program are domestic consumers who have an electric water heater installed in their home (and not in a business premises) that they wish to replace.

Applications are submitted by natural persons born before January 1, 2006 and permanently residing in Greece. To submit an application, a Natural Person must:

  • Must have a tax registry number, as well as valid access codes to AADE online services, through which it can be identified.
  • Have filed a tax return (E1) for the 2021 tax year, either as OBLIGATOR of an individual or joint return, or indirectly as “SPOUSE/SPONSOR” in the case of a joint statement. The related statement should have been deleted.

Any natural person can submit a single request concerning a main or secondary residencefor which the following conditions are cumulatively met:

  • This is the principal or secondary residence of the applicant (owned, rented or leased).
  • It has an active, domestic (and not shared) power supply, through which the applicant’s residence is identified.
  • It is not possible to submit more than one application for the same residence, from different natural persons.

In the case of families/households having a primary residence and a secondary residence, it is possible to submit applications for both residences (Primary and Secondary), provided that the applications are submitted by different Natural Persons (Debtor and Spouse /SSO) from the same household, as long as they are covered by the other terms in this section.

Solar Water Heater Subsidy: Beneficiaries by Income Category

Regarding the income categories, the average annual income per family member is taken into account for the calculation of the income categories. Nevertheless, priority will be given to the most vulnerable. The income criteria for the grant are defined as follows:

  • Below 5,000 euros in annual income: the beneficiary falls under the 1st category of income. The discount will be 60%.
  • 5,000 to less than 10,000 euros in annual income: the beneficiary falls under the 2nd category of income. The discount will amount to 55%.
  • 10,000 euros in annual income: the beneficiary belongs to the 3rd income category. The discount will be 50%.

Regarding the calculation of the ranking criteria, the following data is taken into account:

  • Details of tax returns for the “benchmark” tax year (tax year 2021), as well as relevant income resulting from the tax act of the same year.
  • Details of Disability Certificates provided by Disability Certification Center (KEPA).

Solar water heater: how to apply

The applicant submits an application indicating – inter alia:

  • the 11-digit power supply number of the house in which the water heater to be replaced is installed,
  • that a solar water heater can be installed in his residence and that there are no restrictions by operating regulations (for example, apartment building regulations, building operating regulations, etc.),
  • the presence or absence of a disabled member in the family, so that cross-checking can be done on a case-by-case basis with information from the Certification Center for Persons with Disabilities (KEPA) or alternatively, by presenting a opinion or a corresponding certificate from a disability certification health committee or other competent authority, which, according to law, must still exercise its powers,
  • a unique mobile phone number that will be certified by sending a one-time use code (OTP), which will be used after any approval of the funding request to send the voucher code, but also for any communication associated with the beneficiary. If available, a personal e-mail account can also be declared.

I am changing my water heater: What to check before the subsidy

In order to be able to subsidize the purchase of a new solar water heater, the beneficiary’s old electric water heater must be removed for recycling. By participating, each beneficiary of the Program declares the explicit acceptance of the obligation to deliver the old water heater to the retailer from whom he also obtains the new subsidized water heater.

In particular, the subsidy is authorized:

  • New solar water heater to replace the old electric water heater, only if the old water heater to be removed has a capacity equal to or greater than forty (40) liters.

The water heaters to be recycled must be at the same level. Also, before their replacement, they must have been placed in the residence declared in the financing application.

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