Prince Carl Philip opens Vänern Wind Park

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Prince Carl Philip at Vänern Wind Park. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/Scanpix.

On Tuesday 18 May, Prince Carl Philip opened Vänern Wind Park, the world's largest wind park in a lake.
The opening was celebrated with songs, music and speeches at Mörudden in Hammarö Municipality. Erland Hagegård gave a solo singing performance and the musical entertainment was provided by Skoghall Music Corps and Norrstrand School's music class.

In his speech, Prince Carl Philip said:
"Vänern Wind Park is a good example of cooperation between several different sectors and is evidence of the considerable level of environmental commitment in Värmland between municipally-owned companies, private companies, the church, financial associations and individuals. Everyone has been prepared to put time and money into making the dream of a wind park in Vänern a reality.

"Vänern Wind Park will allow us to reduce our consumption of fossil oil, the same type of oil that is in the Mexican Golf, and replace it with renewable energy." 

After the inaugural address the guests boarded the M/S Bellevue, which took them to Vänern Wind Park.

At the wind park Prince Carl Philip completed the opening by cutting a net and releasing environmentally friendly balloons.

Vänern Wind Park comprises ten wind turbines, which will together produce the equivalent of three percent of Swedish wind power energy. The ten turbines are ninety metres high and have a wingspan of 100 metres.