The Beauty of Wind Farms

The Beauty of Wind Farms

I never thought the day will come that I’ll describe such a mundane thing as a wind farm, beautiful. But it is green and beautiful. A perfect example of this thing of beauty is the wind farm in Bangu, Ilocos Norte, a small town in the northern part of the Philippines, a developing country in Southeast Asia.

The Bangui Wind Farm consists of twenty fairy-tale looking wind mills/turbines arranged in a graceful row covering a wind-swept area of approximately 9 kilometers of shoreline. The wind turbines are spaced out 326 meters apart along the coast of the South China Sea with no fences to impede the beauty of the spectacle.

Bangui is the ideal site for a wind farm. It has a rugged and almost featureless coastline that allows an unrestricted and unobstructed flow of wind through the area. The strong wind blowing in from the South China Sea virtually all year round drives the generators and turbines of the wind mills.

The Bangui Wind Farm was constructed by the NorthWind Power Development Corporation, a local generator and seller of electricity using wind energy, which became a subsidiary of Michigan Power. Inc. on March 16, 2011. The first phase of the project was for fifteen wind turbines, each turbine able to produce maximum power of 1.65MW. The second phase was for 5 wind turbines with the same capacity per wind turbine. It was completed in August 2008 for a total capacity of 33 MW.

The farm is presently operated by Transco Laog, a local independent power supplier. It supplies almost 40{82e5879b62f9f0cbb622da6aeaafa5e16d37c32fcd77ff762e12cec7a1007225} of the power requirement of the province of Ilocos Norte. It reduces this Philippine province’s dependency on grid power coming from La Union, another province in the northern part of the country. In the next 10 years, addition or expansion to the project is expected to provide around 70{82e5879b62f9f0cbb622da6aeaafa5e16d37c32fcd77ff762e12cec7a1007225} of the power need of Ilocos Norte. The project cost US$ 23 million and expansion in the next 20 years will bring the total cost to US$75 million.

As per 2006 data, the Bangui Wind Farm already registered more than US$1 million in energy savings. In addition to the savings generated in this effort to generate cheap energy for Ilocos Norte, the wind farm has also made the province one of the most environmental-friendly provinces in the Philippines.

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