Scaling up investments in deep energy renovations with on-bill schemes – new report

(eceee news, 21 Jan 2020) A new report from RenOnBill gives an overview of on-bill buildings energy renovation schemes, outlining the key issues to be addressed to ensure wider use in Europe.

The objective of the Horizon 2020 RenOnBill project is to scale up investments towards deep energy renovations of residential buildings, by promoting the development and implementation of on-bill schemes. These schemes are based on the cooperation between energy utilities and financial institutions and draw on utility bills as repayment vehicle.

RenOnBill has chosen four focus countries – Germany, Italy, Lithuania and Spain –  to illustrate the differences that can be encountered when replicating on-bill across wider Europe.

According to, RenOnbill, the schemes offer a win-win perspective for different actors: companies from the construction sector, energy services, utilities, investors, and ultimately for the society as a whole.

The report discusses the main issues related to energy efficiency financing mechanisms, are discussed and compared in order to highlight the corresponding positive and negative aspects. In general, on-bill schemes and PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) are the most suitable mechanisms for the implementation of large-scale programs, according to RenOnbill.

The study also presents a detailed overview of several on-bill schemes that successfully supported energy renovations in the North American residential building sector, as well other relevant on-bill initiatives carried out in Europe and in developing countries. It aims to demonstrate that these mechanisms are flexible and can be implemented for a multitude of purposes and outlines the key issues to be addressed in order to ensure the replicability and scaling up of these schemes in Europe.

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