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Håkon Lund embraces solar at Kongeparken and calls for governments globally to support attractions and tourism to go sustainable
POSTED 04 Apr 2023 . BY Tom Walker
The solar panels will power a number of rides at the family park Credit: Kongeparken
Norway's largest theme park, Kongeparken, is investing heavily in solar energy
Kongeparken is currently installing 1,100 solar panels on its land
The power generated by the panels will be used across all operations
The park plans to source a third of its energy needs from solar power by the end of 2023
Norway's largest theme park, Kongeparken, is investing heavily in solar energy, as it looks to power the park's operations using more sustainable resources.

According to CEO, Håkon Lund, the park plans to source a third of its energy needs from solar power by the end of this year (2023).

As part of its energy strategy, Kongeparken is currently installing 1,100 solar panels on its land, ahead of the park's opening this month (April 2023).

The power generated by the panels will be used across all operations – from popcorn stands and concessions to large rides.

The park's Zierer Wave Swinger carousel, for example, will be operated entirely on solar energy – the first of its kind in the world.

"We're very excited to unveil our Zierer Wave Swinger, which will operate on 100 per cent solar energy," Lund said, adding that the park will also focus on promoting the need for more sustainable energy strategies.

"To raise awareness about the importance of green energy in tourism, Kongeparken will establish an information center showcasing the industry's transition towards eco-friendly practices," he said.

"This initiative will inform and inspire our guests to support sustainable travel.

"Governments worldwide should support the tourism sector's solar power initiatives by offering subsidies and incentives.

"This assistance will enable more establishments, including mid-sized and smaller operators, to adopt solar technology and create environmentally friendly experiences for travelers."

First opened in 1986, Kongeparken was acquired by the Lund family in 1997.

A family attraction targeting children aged three to 12 years, the park has more than 50 rides.
 


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Håkon Lund embraces solar at Kongeparken and calls for governments globally to support attractions and tourism to go sustainable
BY Tom Walker

The solar panels will power a number of rides at the family park

The solar panels will power a number of rides at the family park
photo: Kongeparken

Norway's largest theme park, Kongeparken, is investing heavily in solar energy, as it looks to power the park's operations using more sustainable resources.

According to CEO, Håkon Lund, the park plans to source a third of its energy needs from solar power by the end of this year (2023).

As part of its energy strategy, Kongeparken is currently installing 1,100 solar panels on its land, ahead of the park's opening this month (April 2023).

The power generated by the panels will be used across all operations – from popcorn stands and concessions to large rides.

The park's Zierer Wave Swinger carousel, for example, will be operated entirely on solar energy – the first of its kind in the world.

"We're very excited to unveil our Zierer Wave Swinger, which will operate on 100 per cent solar energy," Lund said, adding that the park will also focus on promoting the need for more sustainable energy strategies.

"To raise awareness about the importance of green energy in tourism, Kongeparken will establish an information center showcasing the industry's transition towards eco-friendly practices," he said.

"This initiative will inform and inspire our guests to support sustainable travel.

"Governments worldwide should support the tourism sector's solar power initiatives by offering subsidies and incentives.

"This assistance will enable more establishments, including mid-sized and smaller operators, to adopt solar technology and create environmentally friendly experiences for travelers."

First opened in 1986, Kongeparken was acquired by the Lund family in 1997.

A family attraction targeting children aged three to 12 years, the park has more than 50 rides.



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