Sol-E Suisse, a subsidiary of Swiss energy company BKW FMB Energie, is applying for planning permission to expand its 7.7 MW Juvent wind plant in the north-western Mont Crosin/Mont-Soleil region. It hopes to begin work on the infrastructure for eight 2 MW turbines at the end of 2009, assuming all planning hurdles are completed, says Sebastian Vogler of BKW, which has a 65% stake in the wind plant. The turbines would be commissioned in 2010. The existing plant, the largest in Switzerland, comprises three Vestas 600 kW turbines installed in 1996, two Vestas 850 kW machines and a Vestas 700 kW unit installed between 1998-2001, and two Vestas 1.75 MW machines.
Swiss renewables developer Reinvest is planning two projects with a combined capacity of 53 MW. In the Vaud canton, in the west of the country, the 39 MW Parc Eolien de la Grandsonnaz project will use 18 Vestas 2 MW turbines. The SFR 120 million (EUR 78.88 million) development is planned for a site west of Mont Chasseron in the parishes of Fiez, Bullet and Fontaines. A detailed plan will be presented to the planning authorities at the end of 2009, says Reinvest, which hopes to start construction in 2011. Upon completion, annual output will be around 80 GWh, equivalent to the electricity needs of 70,000 households. The second project, Parco Eolico del San Gottardo, is a joint venture with Azienda Elettrica Ticinese, which will own 20%, with Reinvest holding the rest. The 14 MW project will generate 32 GWh of electricity annually. No further details have been announced.