Philippines schedules largest wind farms

Wind-energy-PhilippinesThe Philippines took another step towards realising its renewable energy potential by approving three new wind farms, which will become the largest in the country with a total combined capacity of 208 megawatts, or enough to power 40,000 middle-class homes, an energy official was reported as saying on May 20.

Due to be operational by 2015, the three wind projects will be the first to benefit from the new green energy incentives scheme planned for 2014, which aims to make the 50 per cent of the country’s energy mix come from renewable sources, compared to its current 39 per cent.

The largest of the projects is a wind farm to be set up in Burgos town, 320 kilometers north of Manila, by Energy Development Corp.

The 87-megawatt project will cost an estimated $300 million, the company said in a statement.

The two other wind farms will have an approximate capacity of 67.5 megawatts and 54 megawatts will be set up by local firms Alternergy Wind One Corporation and Trans-Asia Oil and Energy Development Corporation, respectively.

The Philippine archipelago has vast coastlines that are suitable for wind farms.

The Northwind Bangui Bay Project, located Bangui, Ilocos Norte, is so far the largest wind farm in the Philippines, with a total installed capacity of 33 mega watts.

The Wind Energy Power System in Puerto Galera, Mindoro began construction in September 2012, according to local Rodolfo Valencia, and will have an installed capacity of 48 mega watts when completed.