In Switzerland, Pronovo is in charge of promoting photovoltaics on a federal level. Some cantons, towns and energy suppliers have additional subsidy programmes.
The promotion system for solar power was completely reorganized as per the beginning of 2018: PV installations of any size are being subsidized via the non-recurring remuneration (EIV) throughout Switzerland. This covers a maximum of 30% of the capital costs relevant when commissioning a reference system. The compensation includes a basic amount and a performance-specific contribution for every installed kW. The remuneration amount is fixed in Appendix 2.1 of the Energy Promotion Ordinance. The next revision is due on 1st April 2020. There are different procedures to apply for the remuneration, depending on the PV installation’s size:
Non-recurring remuneration for small installations (KLEIV), less than 100 kW. The application can be submitted to Pronovo, but only after the PV installation has been commissioned. Larger installations can also apply for the KLEIV. However, no installed capacity in excess of 99.9 kW will be supported. New requests must allow for a waiting period because many solar systems that were on the earlier KEV waiting list will now apply for the KLEIV. According to the SFOE, payment can be expected within 18 months after submitting the complete application.
Non-recurring remuneration for large installations (GREIV), more than 100 kW. In this case, the installation does not need to be built before the request has been granted. Application for remuneration: Pronovo. New applications must allow for a waiting period of less than 3 years.
The feed-in remuneration at cost system (EVS, formerly KEVS) is no longer available for new photovoltaic projects. From 2018 to 2020, there may be a small amount of EVS allocations available for installations that applied for feed-in remuneration at cost before 30th June 2012.