Funding and subsidies for PV-Anlagen und Lademanagement

In Switzerland, there are various subsidy programmes for the installation of photovoltaic systems and charging infrastructure that may be relevant for the management of apartment buildings and commercial properties.

Federal, cantonal and municipal support measures

At a time when sustainability and energy efficiency are becoming increasingly important, there are various funding programmes for photovoltaic systems and charging infrastructure in Switzerland. These programmes can also be of great importance, particularly for the management of apartment buildings and commercial properties.

Subsidies for photovoltaic and solar systems


Subsidies at federal level

Photovoltaic systems in Switzerland are subsidised at federal level by Pronovo.
Pronovo acts as a recognised certification body that is responsible for registering guarantees of origin and implementing the federal support programmes for renewable energies.


Cantonal and communal funding programmes

Subsidies since 1 February 2023: Since this date, contributions from the city and the federal government have been paid on a subsidiary basis, with the city of Zurich, for example, significantly increasing the federal contribution. Separate applications must be submitted to the city and the federal government.

Higher feed-in remuneration since 1 January 2023: For example, the energy supply company ewz has been remunerating the ecological added value of solar power fed into the grid from solar installations since 1 January 2023. Currently, an additional 5 centimes per kilowatt hour is paid for the guarantee of origin (HKN).


Non-recurrent remuneration (EIV)

The non-recurrent remuneration (EIV) for solar power systems in Switzerland are an important element in the promotion of renewable energies. They are intended to reduce the initial investment costs for the installation of solar systems. Specifically, up to 30% of the investment costs are reimbursed. The EIV is made up of a basic contribution and a performance contribution, which is calculated per installed kilowatt (kW) of the system. This financial support makes it easier for property owners to invest in solar technology by reducing the initial costs and thus promoting access to renewable energies.


Funding for small and large systems

Small systems (KLEIV): For photovoltaic systems with an output of less than 100 kilowatts (kW), a one-off payment (KLEIV) can be applied for. The subsidy is granted once the system has been commissioned. It is important to note that the additional installed capacity is not subsidised for systems above 99.9 kW. The waiting period before this subsidy is paid out is usually less than one year.

Large installations (GREIV): Installations from 100 kW are eligible for the one-off remuneration for large installations (GREIV). In contrast to smaller systems, the large system does not have to be installed before a subsidy commitment is received. Here too, the waiting period until the commitment is received is usually less than one year.

Promotion of charging infrastructure for electromobility


Financial subsidies for the installation

Subsidies for basic installation: In many municipalities and cities, financial subsidies are granted for the basic installation of charging infrastructure. These subsidies can cover up to 60% of the installation costs.

Support for network-compatible charging stations: For charging stations that are network-compatible and have intelligent load management, many municipalities and energy supply companies also offer financial support in the form of subsidies.

Possible subsidy amount: Depending on the project and location, high five-figure amounts can be granted as support.


Federal funding programme for planning

The federal government has launched a special funding programme for the planning of charging infrastructure projects. A total of CHF 4 million has been made available under this programme. These funds are intended to support the planning of projects focussing on the installation of charging stations for electric vehicles. The studies and plans funded under this programme must be completed by the end of October 2023. This programme aims to accelerate and support the development and expansion of the charging infrastructure for electric mobility in Switzerland.

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