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Published on April 10th, 2013 | by Nicholas Brown


Turnkey Solar Prices Drop 40% In Switzerland

April 10th, 2013 by  

The average cost of turnkey solar power plants in Switzerland decreased by a whopping 40% between 2011 and 2012, a new report indicate. 94 installers and 402 photovoltaic solar power plant operators were interviewed for this report.

Solar panels on Swiss home. Image Credit: Shutterstock

Solar panels on Swiss home.
Image Credit: Shutterstock

Feed-in tariffs were actually reduced by 8% early this year in Switzerland. Last year, they were reduced three times. The first of these reductions was an 8% one in the beginning of the year, followed by a 10% cut in March, then a 15% cut in October.

According to PV-Magazine, “these measures have helped lower the installation prices of photovoltaic plants in Switzerland, but they still have not fallen to parity with German prices.”

The average price per watt of installed PV solar plants in 2012 was 2.947 Swiss Francs (€2.42 or $3.16), which represents a 41% decrease in comparison to 2001’s price of 4.984 Swiss Francs (€4.08 or $5.34) per watt.

The table below shows Switzerland’s FiTs for 2013. These FiTs are guaranteed for 25 years.

Rooftop BIPV Ground-mounted
Size Incentive Size Incentive Size Incentive
< 10kW CHF0.332/kWh <10kW CHF0.394/kWh <10kW CHF0.305/kWh
10 – 30 kW CHF0.270/kWh 10 – 30 kW CHF0.336/kWh 10 – 30 kW CHF0.248/kWh
30 – 100 kW CHF0.247/kWh 30 – 100 kW CHF0.305/kWh 30 – 100 kW CHF0.228/kWh
100 kW – 1 MW CHF0.231/kWh 100 kW – 1 MW CHF0.290/kWh 100 kW – 1 MW CHF0.213/kWh
> 1 MW CHF0.216/kWh > 1 MW CHF0.266/kWh > 1 MW CHF0.199/kWh

50% of the solar panels installed in Switzerland come from Germany, Photovoltaikzentrum reports, while 30% of them are imported from the Far East.

Turnkey solar power systems are important because they can reduce labour requirements due to ease of installation. The installation cost of solar power plants can exceed half the entire installed cost of the plant.

An ideal turnkey solar power system would work just by plugging it in. This would be possible if all households were built with standard generator sockets (that have automatic transfer switches in them which will disconnect the grid automatically) that enable people to simply plug in their solar panel system’s inverter and completely avoid having to hire an electrician. Replacement of the system could be seamless as well.

Manufacturers may even go as far as to integrate battery banks into inverter modules so you can just plug in solar panels, then plug the modules into the generator socket and be finished in no time!

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  • globi

    Those Swiss feed-in tariffs have little use, since the Swiss feed-in tariffs for roof top solar are limited to about 0.02 billion CHF per year (only few roofs can profit). (Because the Swiss consumers are apparently not able to afford any more. On the other hand the Swiss tax-payers were able to save a single big bank with a 40 billion CHF credit overnight. Oh well, saving banks is more important than saving our only planet we have..)

  • jburt56

    Not integrated batteries but rather integrated ultracapacitors would be ideal.

  • Pete Stiles

    The Swiss so courageously send their old folk out in the mornings to shovel away the fresh snow from their respective sidewalks, now they can have them climb onto the roof to brush of the solar panels too. A win-win situation as this should help their government with reducing Social Security payments

    • Bob_Wallace

      And it would help increase their flexibility.

      Solar panel t’ai chi….

      • And when they fall off the roof, home insurances will go stratospheric. In California, even if no one is falling off the roof, the home insurances are already in the exosphere.

        • Bob_Wallace

          Adjust your snark detector….

  • alex

    and … it is between 2011 and 2012 (not 2001 and 2012)

    • Otis11

      Here’s my math – in 2011 they reduced it 8%, then 10% and then 15%, that’s:

      0.92*0.9*0.85 = 0.7038

      Which means they reduced it 39.62% in 2011 alone. Not sure where the 40% came from, or the 2011.


  • “The average price per kW of installed PV solar plants in 2012 was 2.947 Swiss Francs (€2.42 or $3.16)…”

    You must have meant per watt.

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