Switzerland: 40% price drop for turnkey PV module systems

A total of 402 photovoltaic system operators and 94 installers were interviewed for the report. The average price per kilowatt of installed photovoltaics in 2012 was 2.947 Swiss Francs (€ 2.422), which represents a 41% decrease, in comparison to 2011’s price of 4.984 Swiss Francs per kilowatt.

In early 2013 feed-in tariffs were cut 8%. Last year, the FITs were reduced three times: first through an 8% cut at the beginning of the year, March saw another 10% cut and October an additional 15%. These measures have helped lower the installation prices of photovoltaic plants in Switzerland, but they still have not fallen to parity with German prices.

According to Photovoltaikzentrum, 50% of the photovoltaic modules installed in Switzerland come from Germany, while only 30% are imported from the Far East.

See the table below for a complete overview of the FITs in Switzerland in 2013, which are guaranteed for 25 years.

RooftopBIPVGround-mounted
SizeIncentiveSizeIncentiveSizeIncentive
< 10kWCHF0.332/kWh<10kWCHF0.394/kWh<10kWCHF0.305/kWh
10 – 30 kWCHF0.270/kWh10 – 30 kWCHF0.336/kWh10 – 30 kWCHF0.248/kWh
30 – 100 kWCHF0.247/kWh30 – 100 kWCHF0.305/kWh30 – 100 kWCHF0.228/kWh
100 kW – 1 MWCHF0.231/kWh100 kW – 1 MWCHF0.290/kWh100 kW – 1 MWCHF0.213/kWh
> 1 MWCHF0.216/kWh> 1 MWCHF0.266/kWh> 1 MWCHF0.199/kWh