Published: 30 Nov 2012 12:28 GMT+01:00 | Print version
Updated: 30 Nov 2012 12:28 GMT+01:00
Migros, Switzerland’s largest retailer, is planning to build what it calls the biggest solar panel installation in the country in the canton of Solothurn.
The cooperative announced the project earmarked for the roof of its shopping centre in the town of Neuendorf on Friday.
Migros said it had received a building permit for the solar system to provide enoguh electricity to power 1,000 single-family homes.
The coop said the photovoltaic panels will be delivered in the spring and mounted on an area equivalent to almost seven football fields.
The solar power system is expected to be connected to the public power grid by the summer of 2013.
The retailer already has 24 rooftop solar systems in operation.
With the new plant Migros said it was renewing its commitment to renewable energy sources which it launched earlier with its “Generation M” sustainability programme.
“The solar panels provide about one-sixth of the total electricity demand of the Neuendorf shopping centre,” Hans Kuhn, the centre’s director, said in a statement.
Although Migros is calling the project the biggest of its kind in Switzerland it may get an argument from the canton of Geneva.
Last month the canton unveiled what it touted as the largest solar system in the country on the roof of a building at the Palexpo exhibition centre.
With 15,000 panels, the photovoltaic system produces enough electricity for 1,350 households, according to Services Industriels de Genève (SIG), the state-owned utility.
A 40-year-old man was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison, 15 years after he killed a 50-year-old gay taxi driver in his Geneva apartment by stabbing him 47 times with a knife . READ () »
Swiss lawmakers rejected on Wednesday a deal proposed by Washington to expose American tax dodgers and halt a raft a US lawsuits provided that Swiss banks that helped stash the cash pay massive fines. READ () »
Switzerland's senate on Wednesday again backed a deal with Washington to expose US tax dodgers and fine Swiss banks which helped hide their money, a day after G8 leaders agreed to chase cheats and corporate fiddles. READ () »
When I lost my job in Zurich three months ago, I felt like the world was collapsing around me. I felt inadequate and angry, and had a sense of shame about becoming unemployed in a foreign country. READ () »
At least four drowning deaths were reported in Switzerland on Tuesday amid the country’s continuing heatwave, which is drawing throngs of bathers to the country’s rivers and lakes. READ () »
The world's largest fully solar-powered boat, a Swiss vessel called "Turanor PlanetSolar," docked in New York on Tuesday during a mission to study the effects of climate change on the Gulf Stream current. READ () »
Swiss champion football team FC Basel may be in danger of losing one of its top players, striker Jacques Zoua. READ () »
Students at one of Zurich’s largest secondary schools were sent home on Tuesday after seniors trashed parts of the building in what was described in news reports as a “graduation prank”. READ () »
The last mountain pass highway route in Switzerland was finally cleared of snow on Tuesday as most of the country continued to swelter in a heatwave with record-breaking temperatures. READ () »
Britain's Serious Fraud Office on Tuesday said that former UBS trader Tom Hayes had become the first person to be charged in connection with its probe into the Libor rate-rigging scandal that has rocked the banking sector. READ () »