Call for applications for replacement of old heaters opens on 18 September


From 18 September, people living in areas with higher air pollution will be able to apply for a grant from the joint agency of Enterprise Estonia and KredEx to replace their old stove with a new one or to replace it with a heat pump, as well as to replace their old boiler with a new boiler or heat pump, or to connect their home to district heating.

“Air quality deteriorates in cold weather, especially in densely populated areas, because heating releases fine particles and other pollutants into the air and they are a health hazard,” said Triin Reinsalu, Head of the Department of Housing and Energy Efficiency at the joint agency of Enterprise Estonia and KredEx. “Based on ambient air monitoring data, areas have been identified where the air contains more fine particles than permitted during the heating season and people in these areas will have the opportunity to replace their heaters with a new one with the support of the state.”

The grant can be applied for in the cities where its estimated impact on air quality and human health is greatest. The cities have been selected on the basis of a survey by the Estonian Environmental Research Centre.

Depending on the region, the grant rate is either 50 or 70 percent. The cities where the rate of the grant for upgrading heaters is 70% are Jõhvi, Kiviõli and Sillamäe in Ida-Viru County; Jõgeva ja Põltsamaa in Jõgeva County; Valga, Otepää and Tõrva in Valga County.

The rate of the grant is 50% in the Tallinn districts of Pirita, Nõmme, City Centre, Kristiine and Northern Tallinn, and also in the cities of Tartu, Viljandi, Rakvere, Kuressaare, Keila, Võru, Türi, Saue, Paide, Tapa, Kärdla, Elva, Haapsalu, Karksi-Nuia, Kilingi-Nõmme and Pärnu.

In order to be eligible, the applicant’s residence must have been taken into use before 1 January 2010. The type of heat supply for the residence or a part of it shown in the building register must be local heating and the type of energy source must be solid fuel. Also, the main use defined in the building register must be detached house, terraced house, semi-detached house or house with two flats, as well as a house that is part of a terraced house, a section of a house with two flats or a section of a semi-detached house if they have an autonomous heating system.

Applications can be submitted by natural persons via the e-support environment until the budget is used up. The maximum amount of the grant is €10,000, so the budget of €18.5 million is enough to support upgrading the heaters of at least 1,850 residences.

See the detailed terms and conditions of the call for applications here: