The Federal Council is launching its major solar offensive. Areas along freeways are to be provided to interested parties.
The Federal Council seeks to make progress in expanding renewable energy. It proceeds along the freeway to Solar Assault. For this, the government on Tuesday amended the National Road Ordinance. The federal government can now provide areas along national roads free of charge to produce renewable energy.
The government is thus fulfilling a mandate from the National Council. In the summer session, he called for sound protection walls, federal government-owned roofs and roofs to be used for the generation of electricity in the future.
55 gigawatt hours per year
The capacity is huge. The federal investigation has shown this. The Federal Council emphasizes that the photovoltaic capacity along national roads is 55 gigawatt-hours per year. This roughly corresponds to the annual consumption of 11,000 four-person households.
The Federal Roads Office (Astra) is already using part of this capacity for its electricity consumption, for example in tunnels or depots. In order to be able to make even better use of capacity, other suitable areas such as noise protection walls or rest areas are now being provided free of charge to third parties.
strengthen supply security
Energy Minister Simonetta Somaruga (62) is confident of the plans: “By expanding domestic energy, we can strengthen our security of supply,” she insists on Twitter. “Then let’s do it quickly!”
Strengthening the security of supplies is important, especially in view of the Ukraine war. After all, Russian President Vladimir Putin (69) is threatening to shut down Europe’s gas and oil taps.
Application process starts at the end of the year
Astra is expected to conduct an application process at the end of the year in which areas can be reserved for solar systems. However, the new provision should also apply to other systems for generating renewable energy, such as wind power or geothermal power.
Interested parties can apply and then plan and implement the system in the appropriate area within a specified period. One of the basic requirements is that they market their own generated electricity. (dba)