Swiss government in favor of expedited procedures, but against solar requirement
Post date: 06/02/2022 - 19:36
Switzerland's government cabinet - the Federal Council - approved a bill for the expansion of renewable energies at its meeting on February 2. Since January 27, the Council of States (the representation of the cantons) has been dealing with the federal law for a secure power supply with renewable energies presented by the Federal Council in June 2021.
Environment Minister Simonetta Sommaruga had advocated the inclusion in the law of rules on faster approval procedures for wind and hydroelectric power plants, as well as an obligation to install photovoltaic systems in new buildings. The Federal Council has adopted the former, saying it wants to »speed up procedures without compromising on nature, environmental and monument protection.« The Federal Council's bill, however, does not include a solar obligation; instead, there are to be investment incentives through tax deductibility of photovoltaics in new buildings as well, instead of only in renovations, as before, as well as simplified application and notification procedures.
The Swiss solar industry association Swissolar had advocated mandatory solar in an 11-point plan presented at the end of January.