Welcome to IEA Wind Member Country Activities for Switzerland

By the end of 2013, 34 wind turbines of considerable size were operating in Switzerland with a total rated power of 60 MW. These turbines produced 108 GWh of electricity. Since 1 January 2009, a cost-covering feed-in-tariff (FIT) for renewable energy has been implemented in Switzerland (1). This policy in promoting wind energy led to a boost of new wind energy projects. Financing is requested today for additional 3,283 GWh under the FIT scheme. Due to continuous obstacles in the planning procedures and acceptance issues, only two new turbines plus four new turbines for repowering with an accumulated new rated power of 10.7 MW were installed in 2013.

In Switzerland, an ancillary industry for wind turbine manufacturers and planners has developed, which acts mainly on an international level. A recent study estimates that the total turnover in 2010 was about 38.9 million EUR (53.6 million USD) and the wind industry employs about 290 people (2). 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.