Philippines, Negros Occidental – The town of Pulupandan will soon get a taste of clean energy from wind turbines that are set to produce 50 megawatts (MW) of wind power by the end of 2015. This huge project is funded by a Filipino-owned power generation firm.
Bangui Windmills in Ilocos Norte became the icon of wind power in the Philippines. Twenty offshore wind turbines covers at least 7,000 square meters of wind swept area. (Photo by: Grace Duran-Cabus)
A Filipino-owned generation firm, First Maxpower International Corp., will be investing $122 million USD (or ₱ 4.9 billion PHP) to build a wind farm that will produce 50 megawatt (MW) from wind power. They are looking to begin the construction within the year and hopefully have it operational the end of 2015.
The wind power plant will consist of 25 wind turbines. This is 5 turbines more than the Bangui wind power farm, which has now become a Philippine icon of wind power.
The wind power generated will be routed to a collecting substation that will be connected to the existing Bacolod-Kabankalan transmission line of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines, using a proposed 20-kilometer 69-kilovolt (kv) transmission line which will be installed along the Bago-Maao national secondary road.
Aside from clean power source, the town will also benefit economically since it will have a share from the wind power plants facility’s gross revenue, local business tax and property tax.
And just like the Bangui windmills, the wind farm is expected to attract tourists as well. Plus, employment for the locals during construction and maintenance.
2015 is a long way to go, but it should be worth the wait, especially for the host town of Pulupandan.
Project updates [Update – October 18, 2013]
- Obtained Certificate of Confirmation of Commerciality (COCC) from Department of Energy (DOE);
- Obtain DOE’s approval of conversion from Pre-Development to Development/Commercial Stage of the project;
- Completed wind resource assessment thru a meteorological mast (1-80m);
- Obtain clearance certificate from Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP), Philippine Navy, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR); Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP);
- Obtain Environmental Compliance Certificate/Environmental Impact Study with Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR);
- Submitted Declaration of Commerciality last January 19, 2013;
- Submitted Grid Impact Study to National Grid Corporation of the Philippines;
- Pre-qualification / short listing of prospective manufacturers for the supply of wind turbine generators and its accessories;
- Continuous negotiation with various landowners and the local government unit for ROW acquisition, secured resolution of support from the Sangguniang Bayan of Pulupandan.
Source: manilatimes, firstmaxpower