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Switzerland - Renewable Energy
Much of Switzerland's electricity is sourced from hydro-electric power, generated both by plants in mountainous areas and those using the country's large lakes.
Solar energy can be used as a source of additional household energy in Switzerland. This can be photovoltaic, i.e. converted into electricity and stored in a battery, or solar heat panels which can be used for domestic heating. If you do not already have solar panels, you may find subsidies and incentives in place in your local area. If you have a photovoltaic installation which is large enough to have significant output, you may be eligible to sell the energy produced back to the grid. Your local energy provider will be able to advise on whether this would be possible. Note that you are likely to need planning permission. The electricity you receive from your energy provider may include photovoltaic solar power sourced from local installations.
Switzerland has a few large wind power plants and wind energy is seen by the Swiss government as having potential for future expansion. This is not without controversy and there are now clear and specific rules on where a wind farm may be located, and a focus on effectively marketing wind power to pave the way for increased production.
Other cleaner fuels being developed and encouraged include biomass such as wood pellets (made from compressed sawdust) or food bio-waste. Private households and apartment blocks may have the option of installing wood-pellet fired stoves and boilers. Switzerland has not yet taken up usage of this type of heating to the same extent as Austria, Italy, and other neighbouring countries.
SIG: Services Industriels de Genève
Geneva Energy Supplier
Case postale 2777, CH 1211 Genève 2
Tel: 0844 800 808
Email: Use contact form
Emergencies: 022 420 88 11 (24 hours)
A EE (Agency for Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency)
Renewable Energy Association
Falkenplatz 11, Postfach, CH 3001 Bern
Tel: 031 301 89 62
Swiss Solar Energy Professionals Association
KWT Viessmann Group
Heat Pump Manufacturer
Rütimoosstrasse 5, CH 3076 Worb SBB
Tel: +41 (0)31 818 16 16
Email: [email protected]
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