by Myrna Velasco, 25 March 2015
from Manila Bulletin
The first phase of the 50-megawatt Nabas wind power plant being developed by local firm PetroWind Energy Inc. (PWEI) has already commenced contributing power supply to the Visayas grid.
The facility’s phase one has a capacity of 36MW and is now under testing and commissioning process. The phase 2 of 14MW will be set on stream at a later date.
In a statement to the media, project firm PWEI emphasized that the wind plant has started dispatching power to the Visayas grid following the issuance of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) of a “provisional certificate of approval to connect for PWEI to generate power for purposes of testing and commissioning.”
For the initial phase, it was noted that the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has allowed the project company “to conduct testing and commissioning for two (2) months.”
PWEI stressed “the dispatch of power to the grid on March 24 was made from the first batch of wind turbine generators – consisting of 8.0 turbines with a gross capacity of 16MW.”
According to PWEI president Milagros V. Reyes, the first dispatch of power from the Nabas wind plant is considerably a milestone not only for the company but also for its host-province of Aklan.
“This is the first export of power from the province of Aklan that is sourced from renewable energy,” the company has noted.
Comparatively in the past, most of the electricity generation for Aklan and Panay area had been on fossil fuel-fired facilities – and generally diesel plants a decade back.
The company has further asserted that the timing of dispatch of generated electricity from the wind plant had been “perfect, considering that this is the season when power demand is highest in the Panay area.”
The Panay area has been among the regions identified logging brisk economic activities, hence, power capacity additions are warranted to meet future demand growth.