- Energy trading
- Energy solutions
- Power generation
The project, developed by the company Cordonier & Rey SA and sponsored by the commune of Salgesch, addresses the problem of water shortage affecting the commune. The objective of this pilot project is to reduce the water needs of local agriculture, as part of the development of the Lienne-Raspille project. The latter aims to address water shortages in 7 communes in the Sierre region (Icogne, Lens, Crans-Montana, Noble-Contrée, Sierre, Salgesch and Varen) by storing water in the Tseuzier dam.
The #prixalpiq will enable the commune of Salgesch to set up a new irrigation system that will reduce water requirements by 20 to 40%. This state-of-the-art project will replace obsolete irrigation systems with an innovative drip irrigation system coupled with resonant water treatment that measures soil moisture in real time and provides access to a coordinated irrigation schedule (Aqua4D technology).
Once the pilot phase is completed (one agricultural season), it could then be replicated in the other communes of the Lienne-Raspille project to optimise their irrigation networks. On a larger scale, it will enable communes to work together to respond to the effects of climate change.
Droople SA's "WaSTeLeSS" project, developed in partnership with EPFL and ALTIS Groupe SA and supported by Innosuisse, offers an innovative service – a digital platform for the management of water-consuming equipment – that allows for more transparent and efficient management of water and its consumption. The service, based on a consumer-pays model, reduces overall cold and hot water consumption in buildings where it is used by an average of 20%. Thanks to #prixalpiq, this platform, already operational in a test environment, will be deployed at the Espace Saint-Marc in Le Châble – a space that welcomes more than 40,000 visitors per year – in partnership with the commune of Val de Bagnes. Visitors will be informed about the amount of water they use and will therefore become aware of the impact of their actions. It should be noted that user awareness can reduce water consumption by 10 to 15%.
The project establishes a new model of collaboration with the water and energy provider and distributor ALTIS Groupe SA, in order to offer services that correspond to the needs of the final consumer according to the "consumer-pays" model.
In the coming decades, water management will be a major challenge – for agriculture, energy, tourism, drinking water, and the environment. This is especially true for the canton of Valais, considered Switzerland’s reservoir.
Alpiq launched the #prixalpiq, in partnership with the Association des communes concédantes du Valais (ACC), with the aim of conserving and recycling this precious resource. The prize will be awarded annually to a project promoting a more sustainable use of water and led by a municipality in the canton of Valais. The winner will receive a financial contribution as well as support from Alpiq, who will work with them for a year to help implement the project.
The #prixalpiq is open not only to municipalities but also to universities of applied sciences, design offices, and anyone with an idea or project relating to water. Those interested should ask a municipality to sponsor them and submit a joint application to #prixalpiq.
#prixalpiq is open to all municipalities in the canton of Valais. They can:
Submit a project themselves
Sponsor and submit a project put forward by students or researchers from universities of applied studies, design offices, companies, or individuals
Universities of applied studies and design offices with projects related to water and its sustainable use are invited to contact Valais municipalities to ask for sponsorship.
The winner of #prixalpiq will be awarded a prize worth CHF 40,000. The judging panel will decide on the nature of the prize depending on the selected project. The winner will receive a minimum of CHF 20,000 in cash, with the remainder of the prize potentially being awarded in the form of coaching.
The runner-up, the Judge’s choice award, will receive a prize of CHF 10,000 in cash.
All applications must be electronic and sent via email to: email@example.com or via application form by 31 May 2021.
Applications must include the following documents:
Extract from the commercial register if the project leader is a company
Business plan in French or German (maximum length: 10 A4 pages), describing the project and including all information required to complete it. The business plan must include:
how water will be managed sustainably
project opportunities and risks
overall project cost
project implementation schedule
expected benefits for the sponsoring municipality
Business plan summary in French or German (maximum length: three A4 pages)
The selection criteria are:
The project is related to water, a resource for various sectors: energy, agriculture, tourism, environment, drinking water, and so on.
The project recycles, conserves, and improves the use of water resources in a sustainable way.
The project is submitted by one or multiple Valais municipalities and will take place in this municipality/these municipalities.
Only projects which meet these selection criteria will be submitted to the judging panel for consideration. They will be assessed by the panel according to following criteria:
Level of sustainability
Soundness of the business plan
Competency of the project leader or leaders
Economic and social benefits for the municipality where the project will be implemented
Level of innovation
The deadline for applications is 31 May 2021.
The #prixalpiq will be awarded for the first time at an official ceremony in October 2021.
As a hub for hydropower generation, the Valais is at the heart of Alpiq’s work and in its DNA. We’ve been using this energy source for over a century and we work with the Valais municipalities to manage their water resources.
In the face of global warming, managing the challenges around water and its many roles is going to be both crucial and increasingly complex. This resource, essential for the canton’s growth and its residents’ wellbeing, needs to be conserved and recycled.
With the #prixalpiq, we wanted to give municipalities and their partners hands-on support with their work on sustainable and efficient water management.
We’re happy to answer any questions.