Energy Investment Allowance since 1997

The Netherlands government supports the expansion of solar thermal resources. The Energy Investment Allowance (EIA) programme for entrepreneurs in the Netherlands supports sustainable energy and energy-efficient technologies since 1997. Entrepreneurs who invest in renewable energy can deduct 41.5% of the investment costs of the renewable energy application from their total taxes.

Country / region  

The Netherlands

Name of programme 

Energy Investment Allowance (EIA)

Type of incentive 

Tax credit for entrepreneurs

Eligible technologies 

All kind of sustainable energy and other, e.g., energy-efficient technologies. A list of eligible technologies is published every year, on website

Applicable sectors 

  • corporate buildings
  • hotel, catering and recreation
  • industrial processes
  • transport
  • ICT
  • agriculture and horticulture
  • supermarkets

Eligible costs

  • Corporate buildings;
  • Processes;
  • Transport resources
  • Sustainable energy;
  • Energy advice.


Income or corporate tax deduction of 41.5 % of investment costs

Maximum incentive 

The maximum incentive depends on the system’s size, therefore differing from applicant to applicant

In addition;

In order to be eligible for EIA support the costs of a corporate asset must be at least € 450, and the total amount of the energy investments per calendar year must be at least € 2,300.

Requirements for system 

Companies applying for EIA must be in possession of a valid environmental permit.

Requirements for installation 

Application form to be sent within three month after purchase was made

Finance provider 

Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs (EZ) and The Belastingdienst (Dutch tax authorities)

Total funds 

EUR 151 million  for all technologies

Effective date 


Expiration date 

No expiration date


Last review of this tabloid 

January 2013


EIA helpdesk at NL Agency in Zwolle

Postbus 10073, 8000 GB Zwolle
Telefoon: (088) 602 34 30
Telefax: (088) 602 90 22


Baerbel Epp

Bärbel Epp is Founder and Director of the German communication and market research agency solrico and editor-in-chief of