Hydro capacity accounted for 16.3% of total power plant installations globally in 2022, according to GlobalData, with total recorded hydro capacity of 1,387GW. This is expected to contribute 11.7% by the end of 2030 with capacity of installations aggregating up to 1,557GW. Of the total global hydro capacity, 1.19% is in Switzerland. Listed below are the five largest active hydro power plants by capacity in Switzerland, according to GlobalData’s power plants database. GlobalData uses proprietary data and analytics to provide a complete picture of the global hydro power segment. Buy the latest hydro power plant profiles here.

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1. Bieudron

The Bieudron is a 1,269MW hydro power project located in Valais, Switzerland. Post completion of construction, the project was commissioned in 1998. The project was developed by Grande Dixence. Industrielle Werke Basel; Axpo Power; BKW Energie; Alpiq own the project. Buy the profile here.

2. Limmern

The 1,000MW Limmern hydro power project is located in Glarus, Switzerland. Kraftwerke Linth-Limmern has developed the project. It was commissioned in 2015. The project is owned by Kraftwerke Linth-Limmern. Buy the profile here.

3. Nant de Drance

The Nant de Drance is a 900MW hydro project. Industrielle Werke Basel; Swiss Federal Railways; Forces motrices valaisannes; Alpiq owns the project. It was commissioned in 2020. The project was developed by Nant de Drance. It is located in Valais, Switzerland. Buy the profile here.

4. Hongrin

The Hongrin hydro project with a capacity of 480MW came online in 1971. The project was developed by Forces Motrices Hongrin-Leman. Groupe E; Romande Energie Commerce; City of Lausanne; Alpiq have the equity stakes in the project. It is located in Vaud, Switzerland. Buy the profile here.

5. Innertkirchen

The Innertkirchen has been operating since 1942. The 473.70MW hydro project is located in Bern, Switzerland. The project has been developed by Kraftwerke Oberhasli. Kraftwerke Oberhasli; BKW Energie have the equity stakes in this project. Buy the profile here.

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This information is drawn from GlobalData’s Power Plants database, which provides detailed profiles of over 170,000 active, planned and under construction power plants worldwide.