Vaud: The Federal Supreme Court gives the green light to Switzerland’s largest wind farm

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VaudThe federal court gave the green light for Switzerland’s largest wind farm

An important milestone for Énergie Naturelle Mollendruz SA: The Federal Supreme Court completely rejected all complaints against the approval of the wind farm’s utilization plan.

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Twelve wind turbines are to be installed in the canton of Vaud near the French border.

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Twelve turbines will supply approximately 100,000 people with electricity each year.

Twelve turbines will supply approximately 100,000 people with electricity each year.

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The Col du Mollendruz is located between Bern and Geneva in the canton of Vaud.

The Col du Mollendruz is located between Bern and Geneva in the canton of Vaud.

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It’s about it

  • Swiss wind energy has an excellent ecological balance.

  • Twelve wind turbines are now being installed in the canton of Vaud.

  • This means that 100 to 112 gigawatt hours of electricity can be produced annually from renewable energy sources.

“That’s great news because Wind energy is not only proven, but also the technology with the highest share of winter electricity and at a cost that is well below the current European market price of electricity,” says Lionel Perret, Managing Director of Suisse Eole. He is pleased with the federal court’s decision. The ecological balance of Swiss wind energy is also excellent: With nine grams of CO2 emissions per kilowatt hour, it is just behind hydropower with four grams and ahead of solar energy with 33 grams.

Twelve wind turbines with a total output of 50 megawatts are to be built at the Mollendruz Wind Farm, located on the ridge east of the Col du Mollendruz. This means that 100 to 112 gigawatt hours of electricity can be produced annually renewable energy produced, which covers the annual household electricity consumption of around 100,000 people, as Suisse Eole did in one writes a media release.

Total cost around 90 million Swiss francs

With its twelve wind turbines of the latest technology, the wind farm will increase wind energy production in Switzerland with its current 41 systems by 80 percent. Lionel Perret continues: “Technology has made incredible progress, now we have to implement projects as quickly as possible to increase our security of supply as quickly as possible.”

Isabelle Chevalley, president of Suisse Eole: “Two thirds of wind energy is produced in winter. It is therefore systemically relevant for security of supply and compensates for solar and hydropower, which produce less in winter.” The total investment in the project amounts to approximately 90 million Swiss francs.

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