SFS plans wind turbine construction in 2025

SFS erected a nearly 100 m tall wind measurement mast in June 2022. This mast will continue to record information about wind, weather conditions and the bat population until early August 2023. Despite an unusually low level of wind activity seen nationwide in the fall and winter months, the results so far are in line with expectations. The expected energy output for the year remains unchanged at around 5 GWh.

Facts & Figures

  • Construction of the wind turbine planned in 2025
  • Wind measurement mast continues to record information on wind and weather conditions until August 2023
  • Expected energy output at around 5 GWh per year
  • Info event planned for all neighbors in winter 2023/24
  • Current information on the project at rhintlwind.ch (only in German)
SFS Drohne Windrad retouchiert
The annual energy output of the wind turbine will be at about 5 GWh.

Wind energy on the rise
The Canton of St. Gallen has recognized the enormous benefits offered by wind energy as the perfect supplement to solar power and as a means of strengthening its own energy autonomy. During a revision of its structure plan, the Canton identified 17 suitable regions for wind turbines. The amendment to the structure plan also offers the option of building a single turbine like what we have planned. Its location in the industrial zone, right at the place of consumption, has earned the RhintlWind project the support of the Municipality of Au, the Swiss Foundation for Landscape Conservation and the St. Galler Rheintal Association as well as the approval of many stakeholder groups.

Info event next winter
Wind measurements and environmental studies have gone well so far. Once the feasibility study has been completed, the SFS Group plans to submit the RhintlWind project for the structure plan in the fall of 2023 and to be able to erect the turbine once the approval process is complete in 2025. The original project schedule will be delayed by around one year as a result. SFS will invite all its neighbors to a talk in the winter of 2023/2024, where it will provide them with information about the project’s current status and answer questions.

Jens Breu CEO
Sustainability is part of SFS’s DNA and has been enshrined in our Corporate Principles for many years. We view the RhintlWind project as part of our commitment to society and the environment. We want to live up to our responsibility, strengthen our autonomy and contribute toward the development of the Rhine Valley as a location.
Taking responsibility and strengthening autonomy by building the wind turbine.

Current information on the project website
We value dialog with all stakeholder groups. Those interested can find comprehensive information about the project and subscribe to our newsletter at www.rhintlwind.ch. Please contact us at sustainability@sfs.com if you have any questions or comments. Further information about the sustainability-related initiatives of the SFS Group can be found at sustainability.sfs.com.