Preserving Natural Habitats for Future Generations
Planned wind parks and large-scale photovoltaic installations on hillsides and mountainsides are drastically disfiguring our landscape and destroying habitats.
Swiss landscapes are globally unique and represent the most valuable asset of our country. By covering our currently untouched hills and mountains with solar panels, we irreversibly destroy our heritage and identity. Wind turbines are true monsters, reaching heights of up to 200 meters, strategically placed in the most visible locations: exposed, elevated areas in the midst of nature. Yet, Switzerland is considered a country with low wind resources!
In addition, these developments require massive amounts of concrete (grey energy) and create monstrous new access roads, further defacing landscapes and natural habitats. Wind and solar parks in outdoor nature also have devastating impacts on wildlife: hundreds of thousands of birds and bats die annually due to the enormous rotor blades of wind turbines. Habitats are altered and severely impacted.
Given the climate and biodiversity crisis, intact natural habitats are far more crucial to us than the minimal additional electricity that could be generated on open spaces in pristine landscapes in Switzerland.
Wind parks: Hundreds of thousands of birds and bats die every year due to the huge rotor blades.
In Switzerland, there is mainly only in the Alps enough wind for wind turbines.
A wind park in the wind-poor canton of Aargau, Switzerland.
Fatal wind turbines: Hundreds of thousands of birds and bats die every year, caught in the huge rotor blades.
Photo montage of the mega solar project "Grengiols-Solar" in the Valais Saflisch valley.
Fondation Franz Weber and its subsidiary association Helvetia Nostra actively advocate for the preservation of untouched landscapes and intact mountain ridges, as well as the compliance with nature and landscape conservation regulations. Above all, we fight against new planned wind parks and mega-solar projects at the expense of pristine natural landscapes.
FFW firmly believes that solar installations in untouched mountain areas are the wrong approach. The untapped potential for sustainable solar power production—without defacing natural landscapes on already sealed surfaces such as roofs and facades—is higher at 67 TWh than Switzerland’s total electricity demand (2021: 58.1 TWh). At the same time, the potential for wind energy in wind-scarce Switzerland is relatively low at 29.5 TWh, especially considering how much nature and habitats would be destroyed in their construction.
Preserving intact Swiss natural landscapes
Highlighting the potential of already sealed areas for solar power utilization
Protecting the habitats of numerous animals and plants to preserve biodiversity
Putting an end to the senseless deaths of countless, often protected bird species and bats
Facts and Figures
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collide on average per wind turbine per year
of untapped potential for solar power exist on Swiss roofs and facades
would need to be installed for full-scale wind energy production in Switzerland
high can wind turbines be, disfiguring the landscape