Solar power

Electricity production is shifting away from large, centralised power plants to numerous small, decentralised installations. At the same time, the accelerating electrification of Switzerland – electric vehicles and heat pumps are just two examples – is causing power consumption to rise. Depending on the scenario, Switzerland’s national power consumption will be between 80 and 90 terawatt hours per year in 2050, compared to around 60 terawatt hours today. This demand for power will largely be met by renewable energies in future. These include hydropower, wind power and solar power. The expansion of these weather-dependent renewable energies will, in turn, have a direct effect on the power grid, which is responsible for transporting the energy that is generated.


BKW is actively driving the expansion of renewable energies both in Switzerland and abroad in order to make the energy system sustainable and achieve climate objectives. BKW is taking a fully integrated approach along the entire value chain – from renewable energy production, marketing and distribution to energy-efficient consumption in buildings and infrastructure. ​The linked pages above provide an overview of the work BKW is doing in the field of solar power. You can see the effects of the solar boom on the distribution system on the BKW dashboard (in German).