TRANS-ASIA Renewable Energy Corp.’s (Tarec) San Lorenzo wind farm in San Lorenzo, Guimaras has not only added 54 megawatts (MW) of clean power to the Visayas grid, it has also boosted local tourism and employment in the island-province.
Tarec, a subsidiary of Trans-Asia Oil and Energy Development Corporation (Trans-Asia), said the wind farm began commercial operations on December 27 last year but had already been delivering power to the grid since October.
The wind farm is Tarec’s second investment in Guimaras. The first was a 3.4-MW diesel plant which has a contract with GUIMELCO, the sole electric cooperative in the island.
The wind farm consists of 27 wind turbines, each generating 2 MW of power and spanning 14 kilometers across four barangays in San Lorenzo.
It is the first wind energy project that can consistently deliver 100 percent of its capacity to the grid, Tarec said.
It also described the facility as a “game-changer” in Guimaras as it has sparked tourism and development on the island.
Now that the wind farm has been completed, it is beginning to become a tourist attraction, the local tourism office in Guimaras said, noting that there has been a 50 percent increase in incoming tourists to the island as compared to last year.
Since its construction phase, the project has also increased local employment with community residents being contracted for civil works.
“Moving forward, we are planning to sustain the interest in our facility by helping design a tourism roadmap for the island,” said Danilo Panes, assistant vice president for Wind Energy Development of Trans-Asia.
Panes said thatTarec, together with the local governments of Guimaras and San Lorenzo, is hoping that the wind farm will be a catalyst for change in the province.