11-point plan for photovoltaics as a »pillar of Swiss energy supply«
Post date: 26/01/2022 - 11:59
The Swiss Solar Energy Association (Swissolar) has presented eleven requirements to advance the decarbonization of the country's economy through solar power. The reason for drawing up the 11-point program is the deliberations of the Energy Commission of the Council of States on the federal law on a secure power supply with renewable energies, which will begin on January 27. The target values of 39 terawatt hours for electricity production from renewable energies envisaged so far are, in Swissolar's view, set too low »to achieve security of supply on the one hand and the net zero target 2050 on the other.« Renewable energy target should be 50 terawatt hours. According to Jürg Grossen, president of the association, in order to successfully phase out nuclear energy, the Alpine republic would have to supply around 45 terawatt hours of electricity per year from photovoltaic systems by 2050, »15 times more than today.« This corresponds to less than half of the solar potential in Switzerland.
Thus, among other things, Swissolar is calling for an obligation to use photovoltaics in new buildings and renovations. »Around 66 terawatt hours of electricity could be produced on the roofs and facades of existing buildings - more than Switzerland currently needs,« the statement said. The association also wants an increase in the grid surcharge of 0.5 Suisse rap (¢0.48) per kilowatt hour, as well as a uniformly regulated purchase tariff for solar power. In addition, the integration of photovoltaic systems into the power grids should be optimized. With local energy communities following the example of other European countries, incentives would be provided for the construction of PV systems with local self-consumption, without the need for additional subsidies and expensive grid expansions.
Electromobility also plays an important role: »The available daily storage capacity in electric cars will be greater than the current daily production of all Swiss nuclear power plants,« says Swissolar. In order to exploit this potential, »the technical standards and political framework conditions must be adapted quickly.«
The government should also simplify the licensing practice for ground-mounted systems, reduce aministrative barriers, support the education and training of specialists and promote »Switzerland's participation in the reconstruction of a European solar industry.«