Wind energy in Philippines: Negros wind farm may start in 2015

FMIC President Francis Paderna said the company’s 50-megawatt (MW) Pulupandan wind power facility is already in the “advanced stage” of construction.

The company has also submitted a letter of declaration of commerciality for the wind farm to the Department of Energy.

The said letter informs the energy department that FMIC has already completed the wind resource assessment, feasibility study and secured certificate and other necessary clearances from different agencies as well as conduct public consultation with the community. It is also in the process of pre-qualifying prospective manufacturers for the supply of wind turbine generators and its accessories.

“We are targeting to start construction within the year once all other requirements are complied. The completion or target date of commercial operation is second half of 2015,” said Paderna, adding that the residents of Pulupandan will surely benefit from the wind farm facility due from its share from its gross revenue, local business tax and property tax. “It will also employ many skilled and non-skilled workers during its construction and operation and maintenance of the facility.”

The project will be connected to the existing Bacolod-Kabankalan 138kV (kilovolt) transmission line of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines through a proposed 20 kilometer,  69- kV transmission line that will be installed along the Bago-Maao national secondary road.

FMIC is a Filipino-owned company engaged in the business of power generation, most particularly from renewable energy sources.