Turbine blades waiting for installation

Member Country Activities for Switzerland

By the end of 2014, 34 wind turbines of considerable size were operating in Switzerland with a total rated power of 60 MW. These turbines produced 101 GWh of electricity. Since 1 January 2009, a cost-covering feed-in-tariff (FIT) for renewable energy has been implemented in Switzerland. This policy in promoting wind energy led to a boost of new wind energy projects. Financing is requested today for an additional 3,330 GWh under the FIT scheme. Due to continuous obstacles in the planning procedures and acceptance issues, no turbines were installed in 2014.

In Switzerland, an ancillary industry for wind turbine manufacturers and planners has been developed, which acts mainly on an international level. A recent study estimates that the total turnover in 2010 was about 38.9 million EUR (47.1 million USD) and the wind industry employs about 290 people. Wind energy research is conducted by the public research institutions, such as the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ), as well as by experienced private companies. Research activities are internationally cross-linked, mainly in the fields of cold climate, turbulent and remote sites, and social acceptance.