Catanduanes Gets A Break From Wind - PDI

Manila, Philippines - The provincial government of Catanduanes plans to harness “nasty winds” for power generation, according to a solon.

In a bid to develop alternative energy sources, the province plans to put up and develop a wind farm in the coastal municipality of San Andres, with the help of the Spanish government, Catanduanes Rep. Joseph A. Santiago said.

Facing the Pacific Ocean, Catanduanes has been dubbed the “Land of the Howling Wind.”

Already, Santiago said Spain’s Fondo de Ayuda al Desarrollo had contributed around P9.5 million (148,910 euros) to fund a feasibility study for the wind farm project.

“The Spanish aid agency has committed to realize the wind farm system, with the municipal government contributing the site and providing security to the installation,” Santiago said.

The proposed wind farm would consist of a group of wind turbines that will be used to produce electricity. A wind farm covering a large area may have a few dozen turbines, but the land in between the turbines may still be used for farming or other productive purposes, he explained.

“Actually, being an archipelago with an extensive coastline, the Philippines is highly conducive to wind farms,” Santiago said.

He pointed out that a wind farm could also be located off-shore to take advantage of strong winds blowing in from the ocean.

Based on the studies conducted by the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Department of Energy, the country has vast renewable energy potential, including 76,000 MW of wind capacity.

Santiago also stressed the need for the government and private sector to develop other renewable energy sources to avert the risks that come with oil crises.

By Amy R. Remo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 22:34:00 05/13/2009

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