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Project Pipeline Strengthened: Wpd Plans Wind Farm In The Philippines

Bremen, Germany - Bremen-based project developer and operator of wind and solar farms Wpd is further expanding its wind energy pipeline in the Philippines. With the Aklan project, an onshore wind farm with 18 Vestas V136 wind turbines with 4.2 MW each is in the planning stage.

Triconti ECC Renewables Corporation, a German-Swiss-Filipino joint venture based in the Philippines, is involved in the project planning and implementation as a cooperation partner.

The wind farm with a total capacity of 75.6 MW is located on the north-western tip of Panay Island. The wind farm is part of a large-scale grid reinforcement and expansion (CNP Backbone Extension) for the islands of Cebu, Negros and Panay. The wind farm will be connected to the grid via a new substation, which is being built by Wpd and Triconti for the grid operator NGCP. At the current planning stage, commissioning is scheduled for the end of 2023.

The project partners are currently in talks to market the electricity generated in the wind farm locally via a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

At the end of 2020, onshore wind turbines with a capacity of 443 MW were in operation in the Philippines. However, the Philippines has huge wind energy potential, both onshore and offshore. According to a recent study supported by the World Bank, the Philippines' offshore wind energy potential alone is estimated at 170 GW (170,000 MW).

Source: IWR Online, 30 Jul 2021