According to foreign media reports, the Federal Department for the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) recently published new amendments to the Energy Ordinance (EnV) and other energy laws for public consultation. Stakeholders have until July 7 to submit suggestions and comments on the adjustments in the plan. These regulations and laws come into effect on January 1, 2024. The Ministry wants to encourage the installation of large photovoltaic projects that can use all available roofs by reducing the incentives for small photovoltaic systems.

According to this Energy Ordinance, subsidies for photovoltaic systems with an installed capacity of not more than 5 kW must be canceled from the subsidy plan for rooftop photovoltaic systems. The Swiss government currently pays a one-off payment of 200 Swiss francs (US$221) per photovoltaic system below 5 kW, while photovoltaic systems with an installed capacity between 5 kW and 30 kW can receive subsidies of between 380 and 440 Swiss francs. From 2024, however, this subsidy will be reduced by 20 Swiss francs.

The Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) stated: "The reduction in subsidies for small photovoltaic systems is much larger than for large photovoltaic systems. This gives developers and users the incentive to install larger photovoltaic systems, if possible on suitable ones roofs."

On January 1st of this year, the Swiss government introduced a "high quality one-time payment" (HEIV) for photovoltaic systems in addition to other incentive models.

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