It costs more, but it’s worth it: a solar system at 2,500 meters

The Axpo issued a press release days about to start building that AlpinSolar. The “installation” of the Muttsee Dam, located at an altitude of almost 2,500 meters in the Swiss Alps, began after thorough preparation – also because there is no road to where the solar panels are installed. None.

Vehicles and equipment building the solar system will also be delivered to the dam by helicopter, which has also generated special tasks. For example, coordinating how to fit optimal flight times and flight corridors into an equation with the smallest possible ecological footprint.

Work, which began on the first day of June, is scheduled to take 4 months, during which time a total of 730 tonnes of material will be transported to the nearest town, Tierfehd, from where a helicopter will take iron, panels, trucks, cranes – everything to the dam. Construction will be carried out in an unusually closed manner – for safety reasons, the Muttsee Dam will not be accessible during these four months, moreover, the hiking trail passing over the power plant will be diverted.

The power plant to be installed on the dam wall will be 10,000 square meters and will consist of about 6,000 panels. The amount of electricity produced here already has a customer: Axpo agreed with Denner in January. “We want to promote this pioneering spirit” – He told for German PV Magazine Mario Irminger, CEO of the supermarket chain. The price of electricity produced here is not known, so much has been learned that it is higher than the current market price level.

There is no road there – no.

Photo: Axpo

Axpo estimates that the 2.2 MW system will be able to supply 3.3 million kWh of electricity per year – half of which is just in the winter months, when electricity is generally scarce in Switzerland.

Earlier, reported that the first solar system of this type was built on the upper edge of the Swiss Albigna dam, and as a result of the 671-meter “addition”, 210 Swiss households were able to switch to totally clean energy from September last year.

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