AT least 16 megawatts (MW) of power were added to the Visayas grid after the Nabas Wind Power Project (NWPP) of PetroWind Energy Inc. (PWEI) in Aklan Province started dispatching power.
The NWPP dispatched power on Tuesday after the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) issued a provisional certificate of approval to connect so that PWEI can generate power for purposes of testing and commissioning.
The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) earlier issued a certification allowing PWEI to conduct testing and commissioning for two months.
In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE), PWEI president Milagros V. Reyes said the firm is currently developing the 36 MW Phase 1 of the NWPP.
The dispatch of power to the grid was made from the first batch of wind turbine generators (WTGs), consisting of eight WTGs with a gross capacity of 16 MW.
“PetroWind Energy Inc.’s first dispatch of power to the Visayas grid is a big milestone, not only for the company, but also for the province of Aklan,” said Reyes.
She said this is the first export of power from the province of Aklan that is sourced from renewable energy.
To date, the Nabas Wind Power Project is the single biggest investment in renewable energy in Aklan Province that has been able to successfully dispatch power to the grid.
“The timing of this dispatch is perfect, considering that this is the season when power demand is highest in the Panay area,” said Reyes.
PWEI is owned by publicly listed PetroEnergy Resources Corp., through its 100 percent owned subsidiary, PetroGreen Energy Corp. (40 percent), CapAsia Asean Wind Holdings Cooperative U.A. (40 percent), a company organized in the Netherlands, and EEI Power Corp. (20 percent), a wholly owned subsidiary of publicly listed EEI Corp.