ALTERNERGY Wind One Corp., a company led by former Energy Secretary Vince Perez, is on track with its 54-megawatt wind farm project in Barangay Halayhayin, Pililla, Rizal.
According to Alternergy, the Pililla wind farm successfully interconnected last week with the distribution system of Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) through a dedicated, point-to-point 10-kilometer, 115-kilovolt sub-transmission line, namely the Malaya-Caliraya-Kalayaan sub-transmission line with related facilities.
Alternergy said connecting to Meralco’s system was the most feasible and least costly means of dispatching power without any grid constraint or congestion to the major power load of Luzon.
The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) approved last year the dedicated 10-km point-to-point interconnection line to connect the wind farm to the distribution network of Meralco, which owns the distribution franchise to operate in Rizal.
The $177.9 million wind farm project is expected to be completed by May this year.
Alternergy Wind One secured a $100-million project financing from a syndicate of local commercial banks led by Banco de Oro, China Bank and Rizal Commercial Banking Corp.
The Pililla wind farm, with 27 towers, is supported by the Rizal Provincial Government and the Municipality of Pililla as it will provide not only clean and sustainable energy but will also boost the province’s tourism industry.
The project is expected to become a new tourist destination for visitors to Rizal, with several wind turbines already visible on a clear day from Antipolo and from Laguna across Laguna Lake.
Besides the 54-MW wind project, Alternergy is also putting up another wind power facility – the Sembrano wind project — also in Pililla, Rizal with a capacity of 72 MW. This will have a project cost of P236 million.
The plan is for the Sembrano wind farm to utilize another 15-km 115-kV line from the wind farm to the switching station, and then be connected to the Malaya-Teresa transmission line.
The ERC has already approved Alternergy’s application but said the company should undertake measures “to ensure that its proposed interconnection shall not result in the degradation of Meralco’s distribution system.”