Swiss energy developer Axpo has revealed plans for the construction of a second 30MW Alpine solar park, named Ovra Solara Rueun, located on Alp da Rueun in Switzerland. This announcement comes on the heels of the company's September 2023 proposal for the 15MW Ovra Solara Camplauns ground-mounted system on Alp da Schnaus in Ilanz/Glion, within the canton of Graubünden.
The combined capacity of both projects aligns with Axpo's larger ambition to generate approximately 66GWh of sustainable electricity in the Ilanz/Glion region, equivalent to powering over 14,000 households. Emphasizing the importance of these solar parks, Axpo notes that they will contribute essential winter electricity to the region.
Head of Axpo Solar Switzerland, Oliver Hugi, expressed enthusiasm about the partnership with the municipality of Ilanz/Glion, marking a significant step in Axpo's solar initiatives and Switzerland's energy transition. The municipality's mayor, Marcus Beer, commended the collaboration, stating, “With these plants, we are increasing energy security in Switzerland, adding value to the region, and bringing the community long-term income for the municipal treasury.”
Axpo has engaged in community outreach, informing the population of the Ilanz/Glion municipality about the proposed projects through an information event. The public will have the opportunity to vote on the initiatives in the coming weeks. Assuming a positive outcome and the receipt of necessary permits, Axpo aims to commence construction in spring 2025, with partial commissioning anticipated by late 2025.
The Ovra Solara Camplauns site, spanning 200,000 square meters, is expected to generate 22GWh of electricity annually, equivalent to the consumption of over 4,700 households. Axpo emphasizes its commitment to minimizing impact, ensuring the preservation of ski slopes, hiking, and cycling trails. The land, upon completion, will remain usable as pasture, facilitating the coexistence of habitat and energy production.
Ovra Solara Rueun, covering approximately 500,000 square meters, is projected to produce around 44GWh of renewable power annually, meeting the electricity needs of over 9,400 households. Similar to its counterpart on Alp da Schnaus, Axpo emphasizes harmonious coexistence with various site uses. The plant will be strategically constructed up to the existing high-voltage line, enabling infrastructure integration.