Bronzeoak Philippines is investing about P13.5 billion for a 100-megawatt (MW) wind project in the mountain areas of Negros Occidental and Oriental, its chairman, Jose Ma. Zabaleta, said yesterday.
Brozeoak, that has already invested about $.5 billion in solar and biomass power in Negros, is investing in wind power farms on 13,000 hectares in Salvador Benedicto, Calatrava and San Carlos City in Negros Occidental, and Bais City in Negros Oriental, he said.
The 13-hectare franchise area approved by the Department of Energy will not disturb the forests and the building of the wind towers will be ecologically and environmentally safe, Zabaleta said.
Bronzeoakhas began putting up three wind turbine towers in Bais City that will produce 6 to 9 megawatts of power in two to three years, he added.
The construction of the wind farms on the Occidental side will begin when they get full readings of wind speed in different locations, and will be targeted for completion in five to six years, he added.
He said wind can provide power even at night so it will complement existing solar farms in the province that provide power in the daytime.
The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines its putting up a new submarine cable from Toledo in Cebu, that will emerge in the San Carlos-Calatrava area, climb the mountains, cross to Bacolod and continue on, in three to five years, he said.
This will enable the transmission of more power from Negros Occidental to neighboring islands so it will complement the wind farms' output , Zabaleta said.
The new submarine cable is expected to transmit big amounts of power because NGCP is looking at the needs of the future, he added.
Zabaleta pointed out that the economic growth of the Philippines is expected to continue at a good pace.
Earlier, Bronzeoak built a 19.99-MW biomass power plant and has a solar portfolio, along with its partners, of 140 MW in Negros.
The solar projects are the 45-MW San Carlos Solar Energy Inc., 80-MW Negros Island Power in La Carlota and Manapla, 18-MW Monte Energy in Bais, Negros Oriental.*CPG
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