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50MW wind power expected in Pulupandan by end of 2015

If everything goes as planned, 25 wind turbines will be churning out 50 megawatts of power from Pulupandan town by 2015.

Designing the future: A girl in Pulupandan catches wind in her handmade wind turbine, similar design is used in the expected wind turbine in Pulupandan this 2015. (Photo: GRIPP/GPSEA Archives)

Designing the future: A girl in Pulupandan catches wind in her handmade wind turbine, similar design is used in the expected wind turbine in Pulupandan this 2015. (Photo: Greenpeace/Jose Enrique Soriano)

First Maxpower International Corp., a Filipino-owned power generation firm, is spending P4.9 billion for the 50 MW wind project that is expected to operate by late 2015, its project development manager, Romeo Ranola, told the DAILY STAR yesterday.

Pulupandan Mayor Magdaleno Peña said the project has the approval of the local government.

He has been pushing for the protection of the environment and is happy for his town to be hosting a firm that will be producing clean energy, the mayor said.

They are putting up 25 wind turbine towers in Pulupandan, each requiring 400 square meters, Ranola said. The power generated by the turbines will go to a collecting substation that will be connected to the existing Bacolod-Kabankalan 138-kilovolt transmission line at the Bago-Ma-ao national secondary road, Ranola said.

“The host town of Pulupandan will surely benefit economically from the wind farm facility due from its share from gross revenue, local business tax and property tax,” Francis Paderna, First Maxpower International Corp. president, said.

First Maxpower has submitted a letter to the Department of Energy of the declaration of commerciality for the project.

Bangui Windmills in Ilocos Norte became the icon of wind power in the Philippines. Twenty offshore wind turbines covers at least 7,000 square meters of wind swept area.

in Ilocos Norte became the icon of wind power in the Philippines. Twenty offshore wind turbines covers at least 7,000 square meters of wind swept area. The wind power plan of Pulupandan composes of 25 wind mills that would generate more power than the Bangui Windmills. (Photo by: Grace Duran-Cabus)

“It has already completed the wind resource assessment, feasibility study, and secured the ECC (Environmental Compliance Certificate) and other necessary clearances from different agencies, as well as public consultation with the community,” he said.

by: Carla Gomez for Visayan Daily Star

Editor’s Note:

iCSC owes its history to Pulupandan town and it’s residents who successfully resisted the proposal for the building of a coal-fired power plant project in the town from the late 1990s to the early 2000s. The victory led to the declaration of the entire Negros Occidental province as the first whose development shall be powered solely by renewable energy, and iCSC, formerly GRIPP, was
born out of the partnership of non-government and people’s organizations and the renewable energy business sector..

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