Here you can find out about the various advisory services and options for obtaining financial support from the federal government or cantonal authorities. The cantons have their own energy offices and in most cases also operate regional energy consulting services, as well as support programmes. On the SwissEnergy homepage you will find a database in which you can search for services by entering a postcode.
The cantons are responsible for providing support in the buildings sector, while the federal government contributes global subsidies towards the various cantonal promotion programmes. The “Buildings” programme is the most important instrument in this area.
Many cantons reward the purchase of energy-efficient vehicles by offering tax relief. Some municipalities also offer promotion contributions for electric bikes, while local gas suppliers support the purchase of vehicles operated with natural gas or biogas. Furthermore, exemptions from oil tax apply for fuels from renewable sources that meet the specified sustainability criteria.
SwissEnergy offers a comprehensive range of advisory services for companies. It provides evaluation tools and guidelines (e.g. for the optimisation of compressed air and refrigeration systems, business and production processes, production machines) aimed at helping companies become operate more energy-efficiently.
The public sector plays an important role in the area of energy policy in that it has to set a good example for the general public as well as for companies. SwissEnergy supports urban centres and municipalities with the development and implementation of customised programmes and actions relating to energy.
The federal government promotes electricity production from renewable energy, for example in the form of feed-in remuneration at cost, which covers the difference between production and market price, and guarantees producers of “green power” a price that corresponds to their production costs. Operators of new production facilities can register with the national network operator, Swissgrid, though at present they have to be placed on a waiting list.
The Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) and other organisations support projects in the field of energy research. Here you will find an overview.
SFOE pilot, demonstration and beacon programme
The Swiss Federal Office of Energy supports pilot and demonstration projects, which promote economical and efficient energy consumption or the use of renewable energies. The programme supports new technologies, products and services that demonstrate a high degree of innovation in the transition from the research stage to market. SFOE beacon projects are exemplary demonstration projects, which actively communicate their progress and results so that our future energy options are made accessible to a broad public.