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April 17, 2012 / landscapeiskingston

Karlstad, Sweden is a pioneer in sustainable development – Lake Vänern Wind Turbines

Vänern Wind Turbines

Karlstad is a pioneer in sustainable development. The vision of the Energy Plan for 2006-2010 states that energy supply in Karlstad will be based on renewable energy sources. Wind power is an important part of this vision. Today there are ten wind turbines at Lake Vänern, on the border between Karlstad and Hammarö municipalities. The turbines are 90 meters high and the installed power generates a total of 30 MW. It is enough to supply 20 000 normal houses with electricity and reduces carbon emissions in the Nordic region.

The County Administrative Board of Värmland (CABV), partner in the Waterways Forward project ,  is a coordinating national authority with supervisory responsibilities and a public service authority in the region.  CABV is responsible for spatial planning, environmental objectives, the water framework directive, Natura 2000 sites, preserving our cultural heritage and regional development of waterways. County Administrative Board of Värmland waterways good practices based on Lake Vänern


The municipal companies of KBAB and Karlstad Energy own five of the turbines along with Hammarö municipality. The City of Karlstad wants environmentally sustainable growth and rthe Lake Vänern wind farm initiative is one of the major efforts in this direction. The wind turbines make the city one of Sweden’s largest producers of green electricity. The wind park is unique because it is based on new technical solutions together with the local wind industry. The new technology makes it cheaper to build in water and therefore, the project is of national importance.  The initial scheme has been successful and there are now plans to build another 20 wind turbines in Vänern.

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