03.01.2022 | Reading-time: 2 min
Canton of Lucerne increases energy subsidies
Lucerne - In 2022, the energy subsidies available to homeowners in the canton of Lucerne will be nearly doubled in comparison with the previous year. In total, 23 million Swiss francs have been made available for this purpose. Measures such as charging points for electric cars in apartment buildings are now also eligible for financial support.
The Canton of Lucerne has topped up its contribution to the Energy 2022 funding program by 3.5 million francs to a total of 5.5 million Swiss francs in comparison with the previous year. Together with the basic amount and the federal supplement, a total of around 23 million Swiss francs has been made available. Private individuals can submit applications for grants to increase energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy in their own homes from January 10, 2022.
As detailed further in a press release issued by the canton, the funding program was reviewed and optimized after five years of experience. The inclusion of key stakeholders has been of great benefit to this process. “Cooperation with industry, with various associations and with the university of applied sciences is important so that we can continue the success story of the energy funding program”, comments Fabian Peter, member of the cantonal government of Lucerne and head of the Department of Construction, Environment and Economic Affairs, in the press release.
Key changes for 2022 include new funding measures such as the connection to a heating network with renewable energies, non-automatic wood fire systems and e-mobility charging infrastructures for existing apartment buildings. Adjustments to the funding rates have likewise been implemented. For example, subsidies for building insulation replacements are now granted at 60 francs per square meter instead of the previous rate of 40 francs per square meter, while subsidy rates for thermal solar systems will be doubled. In addition, there are now flat-rate subsidies for building services up to 15 kilowatts. These would include, for example, heat pumps, wood-burning stoves or a connection to the district heating network.