After Palexpo, after the airport, it is up to the fortress of works of art warehouse in Geneva to install solar panels on its roof.
The Ports-Francs have mandated the Industrial Services of Geneva (SIG) to proceed with the construction of a solar power station, capable of providing 1 GWh of energy per year, or the equivalent of the consumption of 340 households. The photovoltaic panels, made in Switzerland, occupy an area of 4000 m2.
The chairman of the board of directors of the Ports-Francs David Hiler underlined that in Switzerland, solar had to develop on the roofs, the ground being subjected to too many constraints to be able to accommodate power stations as there are in Germany or in France, a country less embarrassed by space problems.
Michel Balestra, the president of SIG, recalled that for the semi-autonomous company, the objective was to triple the production of solar energy by 2025, so that it represents 6% of the energy consumed in the canton. So far, SIG has installed 59 solar power plants in Geneva.
The State will spend nearly 1 billion francs for the thermal transformation of the canton, indicated, for his part, the Geneva State Councilor Pierre Maudet. In the context linked to Covid-19, with entire sections of the economy finding themselves battered, solar can represent a welcome source of development.
The ambition will also be to carry out a change in employment, noted Maudet. Sectors such as tourism and hotels will be durably affected by the health crisis. It will be necessary to exploit the potential for reconversion. In this area, solar energy can constitute an important stimulus plan.