The tariffs for power from renewable sources arespecified on the basis of reference power plants for each technology and output category. The tariff is applicable for 20 years (10 years for biomass infrastructure power plants). In view of technological progress and the increasing degree of market maturity of new technologies, the tariff rates are subject to a regular review. Reductions only apply to new production facilities that are put into operation.
New facilities can be registered with the national network operator, Swissgrid. Due to the great demand, there is a long waiting list. Information about the registration procedure can be found on the Swissgrid website.
Owners of small photovoltaic power plants (from 2 up to 30 kilowatt) can ask a unique capital subsidy. For more details, see the Swissgrid website.
Check the link "Large-scale electricity consumers" for information on the rules applying to refund the surcharge on the transmission costs of high-voltage power lines to large-scale electricity consumers.