Environmentalist Vera Weber doesn’t want to know anything about large alpine solar systems.
The way for the solar offensive is clear. The referendum against the “urgent measures for the short-term provision of a secure power supply in winter”, as the bill is officially called, has clearly failed. Referendum leader Toni Grüter (58) brought together only “about 100” signatures as a lone fighter. The referendum deadline officially expires on January 19th.
This means that nothing stands in the way of new large-scale alpine solar systems, for which the hotelier and former SP President Peter Bodenmann (70) is campaigning. But now Vera Weber, the president of the Fondation Franz Weber, has announced resistance to the planned solar parks in the Alps.
Instead of destroying the cultural heritage, energy should first be saved and the existing buildings should be covered with photovoltaic systems, she says in an interview with “Le Matin Dimanche”.
In it, she also criticizes the creation of an urgent law that contradicts the spatial planning and nature conservation laws. “It is completely absurd to want to destroy nature in order to supposedly save it, although there are many other solutions,” says Weber.
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The impact of these parks in the midst of nature would be significant: “It will not be enough to put up a few signs on pastures, but bases and infrastructure must be built,” she said.
The authorities are obviously not aware of how great the resistance to the plans for alpine solar parks is. “Many environmental organizations are outraged by the way this is done,” said Weber.
In Grengiols VS alone, where a test solar system was installed at an altitude of 2500 meters at the end of November in order to collect data for a larger construction of photovoltaic systems, a group of opponents had formed. Weber warns that 600 people have already joined.
Regulations planned for March
With the new energy law, large-scale alpine solar systems can also be set up under certain conditions without a planning obligation.
This should allow larger production volumes to be added quickly and easily, primarily for the winter. The federal government’s declared goal is for solar systems in the mountains to produce 2,000 gigawatt hours by the end of 2025. For comparison: Today, Switzerland consumes 58,000 gigawatt hours of electricity per year.
The Federal Council is currently preparing the ordinances to implement the law, which are expected to come into force on March 1st. (SDA/rus)
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