The official program guide • B2Green

By | May 9, 2023

The Joint Ministerial Decision on the Call for the program was published in the Official GazetteRecycle – Change water heater” which will be implemented under the NSRF 2014-2020.

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According to the official decision, the start of the presentation of financing requests from potential beneficiaries will be activated on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, while applications may be submitted until Tuesday, June 20, 2023, at 3:00 p.m. hours.

We remind you that the “Recycle – Change Water Heater” Program subsidizes households to:

  • replacement of electric heaters that consume energy, with new solar heaters of modern technology,
  • with parallel recycling of the old thermoses that are being replaced.
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As part of the Program, Electric Water Heaters with a capacity of ≥ 40 liters are eligible for replacement.

For every new subsidized solar water heater, the old one must be recycled through an approved alternative waste management system and associated equipment at a recycling facility.

The main objectives of the Program are the saving of economic resources derived from the reduction of energy consumption, as well as the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. On the one hand, the replacement of the most energy-consuming appliance is expected to significantly reduce the average energy costs of the Greek family. On the other hand, a lower demand for electricity implies a lower production from fossil fuels or non-renewable sources.

I recycle – change a water heater: Dates to submit applications by VAT number

The Program subsidizes the purchase of the following categories of Solar Water Heaters, with the corresponding minimum characteristics:

The maximum nominal value of each product check (not including the VAT subsidy) is determined according to the following table:

The maximum nominal value of each service check (not including the VAT subsidy) is determined according to the following table:

Maximum face value before VAT of each check (maximum concession amount before VAT per case) Percentage (%) of aid over the cost of the service
Third Category of Beneficiary Income 2nd category of income of the beneficiary 1st beneficiary income category
fifty% 55% 60%
€100.81 €111.29 €120.97

The above prices are at net retail value before VAT. It is stated that the VAT is eligible and increases at the same rate, but it is not included in the absolute maximum limit, therefore the VAT of each region in which the supplier carrying out the operation is located is added separately.


Example 1: a beneficiary in the first income category in the Peloponnese region receives a 120-litre solar water heater from a local supplier. You can subsidize up to the maximum amount (public spending) of €609.00, which is calculated as follows:

Net amount: €491.13 (row 1 – column 3 Table A = maximum grant on net worth)
VAT: €117.87 (24% VAT applied on the previous value = subsidy on VAT)
Total: €609.00 (maximum grant amount – TOTAL)

Example #2: A recipient of the second income category from Chios purchases a 190 liter solar water heater from a local supplier on the island of Chios. You can subsidize up to the maximum amount of €840.70, which is calculated as follows:

Net amount: €718.55 (row 3 – column 2 = maximum grant on net worth)
VAT: €122.15 (17% VAT applied to the previous value = grant in addition to VAT)
Total: €840.70 (maximum grant amount – TOTAL)

Regarding the pricing of subsidized products and services:

  • The subsidized sale price of the new Solar Water Heater must correspond to the cash price, since any interest that arises after the liquidation (installments) is not subsidized. If the payment is based on interest payments, the full cash amount (value) must be recorded and disclosed in the transaction, apart from any other charges (for example, interest and envelope charges).
  • Device and add-on service may be billed by the same or different authorized carriers.
  • In case of purchase of a product that also includes eligible services (in case of billing from the same provider), these must be invoiced separately (for example, listed on a different line of the same document or in a separate document) and in any case, not integrated into the price of the basic product, on which the aid will be calculated.
  • The use of the service check is optional and is not a condition of device subsidy. The reverse does not apply: the purchase of a new device with a Program check (as well as the recycling of the old device) is a condition of subsidizing the service.
  • All additional services must be included in a single document (from a single provider) to be subsidized through a service check.
  • The provider that invoices the service also certifies the correct execution of the corresponding works.
  • The net value of the subsidized product and the VAT corresponding to this value must be derived from what is stated in the document and in the declaration of expenses for the needs of the Program.

Regarding income categories:

  • To calculate the income categories, the average annual income per family member (EIS) is taken into account, as defined in section 5.4. It is noted that the MIE in some cases is identified with the individual income.
  • In the event that IIT ≤ €5,000, the beneficiary falls into the 1st income category.
  • €5,000 < EISE ≤ €10,000, the beneficiary is in the 2nd income category.
  • €10,000 < EISE ≤ €30,000, the beneficiary is in the 3rd income category.
Category Average annual income per family member (EISm) Help rate (%)
1 EISM ≤5,000 60%
2 5,000 < WED ≤10,000 55%
3 10,000 < WED ≤ 30,000 fifty%

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