Axpo produces 1st power from 2.2-MW alpine solar farm

AlpinSolar inauguration. Image by Axpo (www.axpo.com)

October 11 (Renewables Now) - Swiss renewable power producer and energy trader Axpo Holding AG announced on Friday it had produced first power from its 2.2-MW alpine solar farm, a project that is still under construction in the Glarus Alps, Switzerland.

The AlpinSolar plant is located on the Muttsee dam 2,500 metres (8,202 ft) above sea level where Axpo and its project partner, energy supplier IWB, are fixing the solar panels to the wall of the Limmern pumped storage power plant.

Construction was supposed to be finalised this autumn, but due to bad weather and delays in global supply chains the goal was not met on time.

Full operations are now seen to commence in August 2022, Axpo said.

Once fully up and running, the AlpinSolar plant will generate some 3.3 million kilowatt-hours of power annually, half of it during the winter half-year period. The solar farm's output is sold to Swiss supermarket chain Denner under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA).

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