AMID projections of power shortage in Luzon next year, at least 250 megawatts (MW) of wind power capacity is expected to go online starting early next year.
This was the assurance given on Tuesday by Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla after he visited the wind power projects under construction in Ilocos Norte.
“Around 250 MW (of wind capacity will come in) early next year,” said Petilla.
Petilla earlier visited Ilocos Norte to check the three wind projects under construction by Energy Development Corp. or EDC (150 MW), North Luzon Renewable Energy Corp. formerly North Luzon UPC Asia Corp. (81 MW), and NorthWind Power Development Corp. (18 MW expansion).
The Burgos wind project of EDC aims to be the first wind project to avail of the Feed-in-Tariff (FIT), which the Department of Energy (DOE) will grant to 200 MW of wind projects on a first-to-commission, first-served basis.
Once operational, the Burgos wind project will be the largest wind farm in the Philippines.
It comprises a total of 50 large-scale Vestas V90-3.0 MW wind turbines and an ancillary plant to be supplied and constructed by Vestas, the world’s leading wind turbine manufacturer.
Its entire electrical output is intended to be sold under the FIT system pursuant to the Renewable Energy Act of 2008.
Meanwhile, Ayala Corporation’s North Luzon is presently in the advanced stage of construction of its 81 MW Caparispisan phase 1 wind project in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte.
Based on DOE’s records, the construction of the first phase is now around 80 percent complete while the construction of the substation and transmission line is ongoing.
It was listed by DOE as among the power projects that are expected to come online by March next year to help augment supply in the Luzon grid.
Another Ayala-led firm, NorthWind Power, is pursuing the third phase expansion of the Bangui Bay wind farm in Ilocos Norte by adding 18 megawatts to the existing 33 MW, Energy Department records showed.
NorthWind earlier informed the DOE that it is targeting completion of the expansion within the year.
The Bangui Bay the project, estimated to cost $50 million, is the country’s first wind farm.
Petilla, however, refused to disclose which of the three projects will be the first project that will be completed under the feed-in tariff (FIT) regime.
“This is a race so I cannot disclose,” Petilla said.
The energy chief earlier said the reliability of wind projects is only 50 percent as it is considered an intermittent renewable energy source.