Alternergy Philippines Holdings Corp. has officially inaugurated the Pililla Rizal Wind Farm, the first wind farm in Luzon outside of the Ilocos region.
The plant can produce 54 megawatts (MW) of clean and renewable electricity, enough to supply the requirements of 66,000 households in Rizal province.
The wind farm consists of 27 wind towers installed along the ridge of the mountainous Rizal province, on a 60-hectare land in Barangay Halayhayin in the municipality of Pililla.
Each tower, supplied by GAMESA of Pamplona, Spain, for about $145 million, can generate 2 MW of wind power and measures 125 meters tall, equivalent to 33-storey building, according to the company.
Alternergy President and CEO Vincent S. Pérez, a former Energy Secretary, is a staunch supporter of renewable energy use and actively participated in the passage of the law in its favor in Congress.
After his stint in the Energy Department, Perez formed Alternergy, a renewable energy company for emerging Asia.
Perez said the company first applied for wind service contract in December 2008, and got the service contract in Pilillia in October 2009.
Alternergy got the Department of Energy’s declaration of commerciality in May 2013.