WIND MILLS IN BANGUI, ILOCOS NORTE
Ilocos Norte, the northernmost province on the western side of Luzon Island is one of the local administrations determined to shift to a greener development path.
Provincial Board Member Mariano “Nonong” Marcos II during the NG-LG Joint Energy Forum held last 6 September 2013 said that “Ilocos Norte is open for Renewable Energy Businesses”. With the Province endowed with strong supply of wind, water and sun, the Ilocos Norte is ready to take the lead in renewable energy revolution in the countrysides.
Renewable energy started in Ilocos Norte as early as 1980s. The province is the home to first and only wind farm in the Philippines – the NorthWind’s 20-unit with 24.75 MW capacity located in Bangui. The wind farm is providing a cheaper source of power, employment and job opportunities for local residents, and generating tourism in the area. Besides, Northwind is one of the biggest real estate tax payers of Ilocos Norte. The host community is getting 40% share from national wealth and 1 centavo per kWh energy produced according to the law.
Other RE projects present and are currently being established in the province are the following:
• 5-MW Agua Grande Mini-Hydropower Plant in Pagudpud powers 17,000 households
• Mirae Asia Energy Corporation’s $50M 20-MW Solar Farm in Currimao broke ground last November 2012
• Energy Development Corporation’s $300M 87-MW Wind Farm in Burgos broke ground April 2013
• Northern Luzon UPC Asia Corporation’s $220M 81-MW Wind Farm broke ground in Pagudpud last September 2013
The province is planning to attract more RE business locators through one stop shop permitting process; maintaining endorsements by LGUs of projects; providing tax incentives; identifying priority areas of RE and including in their Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP), among others