More wind power projects expected

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 12:00 AM    Views : 1447by:Jed Macapagal

Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla yesterday assured additional energy capacities from wind as operation of  a number of wind energy projects in Ilocos Norte remains on track.

Petilla led the  inspection of  wind power  project sites that include  the 150-megawatt Burgos wind project (BWP) owned by the Energy Development Corp. and the 81 MW Caparispisan Phase 1 wind project in Pagudpud of the North Luzon Renewable Energy Corp.

Officials said BWP's  wind farm that is targeted to be operational at the end of November   will be the biggest wind energy facility in the country to date.

Its  600-hectare site which covers three barangays in Ilocos Norte will be powered by 50 large scale Vestas V90-3.0 MW wind turbines and an ancillary plant.

It will be able to supply 370 gigawatt hour (GWh) of electricity that is enough to power around 2 million households.

The Caparispisan Phase 1 which is  in an advanced stage of construction is  targeted for  completion between the late months of 2014 and early next year. It will be powered by 27 SWT-3.0-101 wind turbines supplied by Siemens Energy.

"These energy developments are symbols of our initiatives in changing our models and paradigms for energy security...  we must exert every effort in exploring different potential resources which we can tap for our energy requirements," Petilla said.

Based on the Philippine Energy Development Plan of 2013-2030, wind energy is expected to add  747 MW aggregate capacity because of future wind contracts that are going to be awarded in the years to come.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration also attests that the country has a mean average of 31 watts per square meter of wind power density which makes it an ideal location for wind energy facilities.


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