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Today, the “Långmarken” wind farm in Kristinehamn, Sweden - backed by the EIB and Mirova, and promoted by Eolus Vind - was officially inaugurated at a public event in the presence of the owners of the wind farm. Mr. Kenneth Johansson, county governor of Värmland, was one of the prominent speakers at the inauguration. Långmarken was the first project in Sweden that the European Investment Bank financed under the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) which is at the heart of the Juncker Commission’s Investment Plan for Europe.

“We were very happy to support this initiative because climate action is high on the agenda not only for the European Investment Bank itself, but also within the Investment Plan for Europe of the Juncker Commission.” said Romualdo Massa Bernucci, Director for EIB lending in the Nordic countries. “Sweden is very serious about renewable energy, so it was only right that the first Juncker-project here was a wind farm!”

Raphael Lance, Head of Renewable Energy Funds at Mirova, commented: “Långmarken is a perfect example of how the energy transition needs to be realised at a European level. It can only succeed if the various parties involved are united in a common aim to support high-quality projects and if the political conditions are favourable. Therefore, we are proud to have partnered with a renowned developer such as Eolus and co-invested with the EIB to build the first wind farm plant financed through the EFSI in Sweden.”

“We are very pleased to be a part of helping both Mirova and EIB to make a long-term investment in the Swedish wind market. It shows an important commitment to renewables and a sustainable development. We look forward to the continued cooperation with Mirova and EIB” says Eolus CEO Per Witalisson.

The wind farm comprises a total of 8 Vestas V126 3,3 MW wind turbines in a project developed and constructed by Eolus, one of the leading wind power developers in the Nordics. 6 of the turbines have been acquired by EIB and Mirova-Eurofideme 3, a renewable energy fund managed by Mirova, an affiliate of Natixis Global Asset Management fully dedicated to responsible investment.

They own, through a common vehicle, 90% of the shares while Eolus will own the remaining 10%. The two remaining turbines have been respectively acquired by the City of Malmö and the local Kalmar County Council. The wind farm was commissioned in the first quarter of 2017 and is managed and operated by Eolus on behalf of the owners.