FAQ

Frequently asked questions related to PolSEFF2 and NF Programme of the NFOŚiGW are available under the following link

Below is a list of frequently asked questions and answers related to PolSEFF2 programme only.

Where does a SME go to get a PolSEFF loan or lease?

A SME could approach any PFI directly to enquire about PolSEFF and, if interested, apply. As well, a SME is welcome to contact the PolSEFF project team directly, either via the website or a project “hotline”, to enquire about PolSEFF. After answering any questions, the PolSEFF project team would refer the SME to one of the customer-preferred PFIs.

Has the EBRD set up sustainable energy financing programs elsewhere and, if so, is Poland’s facility similar?

There is a strong precedent for sustainable energy financing facilities. Under the umbrella of Sustainable Energy Initiative, the EBRD has already created several facilities in the region:

To date, the EBRD has invested €1.3 billion across all industrial sectors across the region. The second phase of SEI – launched in 2009 – aims to trigger energy-related investments of €15 billion. Poland’s facility is very similar to a proven formula developed elsewhere. A unique aspect in Poland is its leasing component, the first instance of such an option in any facility.

Energy engineers are intimately involved in PolSEFF. What will be their role? How will they help the stakeholders in energy sustainability in Poland?

The energy engineers in the Facility have a broad range of activities. Because the Facility is trying to improve energy sustainability, either through improved energy efficiency cost savings or generating viable sources of renewable energy, technical issues are often in play. Does this equipment really save energy and if so how much? Where can a business find energy related opportunities? Should a financing provider count on increased value creation to justify supporting an enterprise? And so on. The engineering team will contribute to the Facility’s overall goals by:

  • Helping SME businesses to recognize and quantify the impact of sustainable energy investments;
  • Working closely with qualifying energy sector suppliers and installers. Suppliers and their products who participate in PolSEFF will enjoy better brand recognition and product acceptance in the marketplace;
  • Helping bankers and leasing company staff to better understand the commercial attractions of energy sustainability in the SME sector;
  • Coaching the engineering profession in Poland to enhance the value-added of their services to small businesses.