By the end of 2016, Switzerland had 37 large wind turbines in operation with a total rated power of 75 MW. These turbines produced 110 GWh of electricity. In 2016, a net new capacity of 15 MW was installed. Since no turbines were built in 2014 and 2015, the 20% capacity increase in 2016 represents a success.
A cost-covering feed-in-tariff (FIT) for renewable energy has been implemented in Switzerland since 2009. This policy promoted wind energy and led to a boost of new wind energy projects. Financing is currently requested for an additional 3.490 TWh under the FIT scheme.
Switzerland has developed an ancillary industry for wind turbine manufacturers and planners, which acts mainly on an international level. A study estimates that the total turnover in 2010 was about 38.9 million EUR (41.0 million USD) and that the wind industry employed about 290 people.
Research activities are internationally cross-linked, mainly in the fields of cold climates, turbulent and remote sites, and social acceptance.