Axpo builds alpine solar plant in Canton Schwyz with EWS


Baden AG/Ibach SZ – Axpo will build the first alpine solar plant in the canton of Schwyz together with the local energy company EWS. The Alpin Solar Ybrig ground-mounted plant is to be built on 9 hectares in the municipality of Oberiberg in the Roggenegg area. The area is to remain usable for alpine farming.

The energy company Axpo is planning the first alpine solar plant in the canton of Schwyz with EWS. It is to be installed in the community of Oberiberg in the Roggenegg area on existing pasture land. According to a media release from Axpo, the area will continue to be used for alpine farming after construction.

The plant will reportedly produce over 12 gigawatt hours per year. This corresponds to the electricity consumption of more than 2600 households. The existing distribution grid infrastructure of the EWS will be used for the plant.

In the coming months, both the municipality and Genossame Schwyz, which owns the land, will inform their citizens, who will then vote on the project proposal. If the decision is positive, construction of the plant is expected to begin in the fall of 2024. The first partial commissioning is scheduled for the end of 2025. The remainder will come on line in subsequent years.

For Axpo, this would be another project in its solar offensive, in addition to the two large-scale solar projects NalpSolar and Ovra Solara Magriel in the ski resort of Disentis. “With such plants in the mountains as well as ambitious projects in the Swiss midlands, we want to add more than 1.2 gigawatts of solar capacity in Switzerland,” Oliver Hugi, Head Solar Switzerland at Axpo, is quoted as saying. ce/mm