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UNLOCK-PV – Analyse des Potentials von gemeinschaftlich finanzierten PV-Anlagen zur Beschleunigung der Transformation des Schweizer Energiesystems

At a glance

  • Project leader : Dr. Yann Blumer
  • Deputy of project leader : Fabienne Sierro
  • Project team : Dr. Marilou Jobin, Dr. Corinne Moser
  • Project status : completed
  • Funding partner : Federal government (Bundesamt für Energie BFE)
  • Project partner : econcept AG


Citizen-financed photovoltaics (CiFi PV) enables individuals to participate in the energy transition via small investments into solar power plants. Currently a niche sector, the potential of CiFi PV to finance the energy transition can be unlocked with offers that reach beyond early adopters, appealing to a mainstream audience (potential adopters). The proposed project aims to gain a holistic understanding of the potentials and barriers to CiFi PV by combining three complementary perspectives:

  • Expert interviews with CiFi PV providers and an analysis of the Swiss and EU CiFi PV market generate an overview of challenges for mobilising small private investments (WP1).
  • Surveying early adopters provides insights into their motivations and decision-making processes (WP2).
  • WP3 tests experimentally which offers appeal to potential adopters.

WP4 will synthesize all insights with practical expertise from our industry partners (advisory group) and provide evidence-based recommendations for policymakers and CiFi PV providers.