Picturesque and serene, like breathtaking scenes from a fairy tale book. At the same time, gorgeous and captivating to the eye, Switzerland is like no other country. While one looks at Germany for the majestic Berlin and the dense Black forests, and where we look at France for being the city of love and not to forget, an unparalleled fashion sense, there are a plethora of reasons why one always makes time for Switzerland, a country like no other on the face of the earth.
Few countries attract the density of tourism, every single year, as the country known for the love of its fondue, rosti, the milky chocolates and the thousands of fresh water lakes.
And now, the very land that’s known to the wider world for being a doyen in the sphere of international banking and taxation, is all set to give yet another fine example of architectural excellence at high altitude.
So how’s this being done in the home of the Swiss Army knife?
Apparently, Switzerland is making the largest-ever solar power plant in the entirety of the Alpine region, an achievement that’s as headlining-making as it is pleasant to read.
At a time where much of the developed world has already warmed up to the concept of renewable energy, understanding that never previously before has the need to turn to sustainable forms of power generation been so immaculate and timely, Switzerland is making a case for a firm headlining material.
Making a photovoltaic power plant is one thing. But then to be able to do that at high altitude amid lanky mountains, most of which are submerged amid snow peaks is something worthy of respect.
Now here are larger details about Switzerland’s massive project that is set to change the context of power generation and consumption in Europe’s most famous land-locked part, once and for all:
Work has started on constructing Switzerland’s largest alpine photovoltaic power plant at an altitude of 2,500 metres above sea level.
The 2.2 megawatt plant is expected to produce enough electricity from its 5,000 solar units to power 740 four-person households.
Energy company Axpo expects the plant to be completed in September. However, weather conditions could affect the timetable as materials have to be brought in by helicopter to the remote site by the Muttsee dam in central Switzerland.
The plant is expected to cost CHF5.5 million ($6 million) but the future electricity output has already been sold, most notably to the Denner supermarket chain that has signed up for this electricity supply for the next 20 years.
It is being built at such a high elevation to avoid fog and low cloud that collects in the region. For this reason, it is expected to produce more electricity than lower-lying photovoltaic plants, including in winter.
That being said, having given the right impetus to renewable energy infrastructure, rather, to be precise, the more sustainable ways of developing the same, it ought to be said that the central European nation has made a fresh case for power generation.