In Switzerland, significantly more electricity could be produced using photovoltaics. But big projects still have a difficult time – despite all declarations of intent and climate goals. For this reason, the Greens are inviting the various stakeholders to a round table: electricity producers, environmental associations, cantons and the solar industry should jointly identify promising projects and mutually remove all stumbling blocks as early as possible. “Especially in large plants, different interests collide, that’s natural,” says Green National Councilor Kurt Egger (66, TG). It is all the more important that a solution-oriented discussion finally gets going. “It’s about creating a basic understanding for the expansion of solar energy outside of the building zones,” says Egger. And with the least possible impact on the landscape and biodiversity.
Egger’s party has proposed a round table to Energy Minister Simonetta Sommaruga via interpellation, but the answer is still pending. “The Federal Councilor is welcome to take the lead. If she doesn’t want that, we Greens will do it, because we have to act now, »says Egger.
Electricity producer Axpo is definitely interested. An invitation would certainly be looked at favorably, says Axpo spokesman Martin Stucki. The concern of the company is clear: According to Stucki, the construction of photovoltaic systems is de facto forbidden today if they are not in or immediately next to a construction zone. “Large-scale plants, such as those that Axpo has been building abroad for a long time, would be in an impossible situation with the current approval practice – despite the enormous potential of these plants, “especially in winter in the Alps”.
Unfortunately, according to the Axpo spokesman, large photovoltaic systems do not play a role in the Federal Council’s plans to speed up the approval process. “We regret that.”