This year, the Alpine country will add up to 900 MW of photovoltaic power. As of the end of December last year, the country’s cumulative installed solar capacity had reached 3.65 GW.
The Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) revealed this week that the country will deploy around 683 MW of PV capacity in 2021, a 43% increase compared to the previous year, with demand rising across all segments. This confirms data recently published by the network operator.
This positive trend will continue in 2022, with the deployment of 850 to 900 MW of solar energy expected, according to the Swiss Solar Professional Association.
Last year, the residential solar segment grew by about 60 percent, while the commercial segment grew by about 53 percent. The average size of newly installed PV systems was 25.3 kW, indicating that the utility-scale solar segment has also grown.
As of the end of December last year, the country’s cumulative installed solar capacity had reached 3.65 GW, which is enough to meet about 6% of global electricity demand.
Compared to 2020, battery deployments have increased by a factor of 2.5, according to the Swiss Solar Professionals Association. About one-third of new residential PV systems have integrated home energy storage systems. By the end of 2021, the total installed capacity of energy storage will be 157 MWh.