Trans-Asia plans expansion of Guimaras wind farm

TRANS-ASIA Renewable Energy Corp. (TAREC) plans to expand its wind farm project on Guimaras Island by 40 megawatts (MW) as soon as the Energy department releases a new installation target for wind energy, a company official said.

“We have an expansion within Guimaras,” Danilo L. Panes, TAREC vice-president, told reporters on Friday as the company showed its 54-MW San Lorenzo wind farm project on the island province in Western Visayas to officials of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC).

“Our plan is another 40 MW,” he said, adding that the expansion would be in Sibunag municipality, which is about 15 kilometers away from San Lorenzo town.

Mr. Panes said the Sibunag expansion would entail the construction of around 16 to 20 wind turbine generators, or fewer than the 27 towers for the San Lorenzo project. If the company decides to install a bigger capacity for each tower, from the current 2 MW for the San Lorenzo towers, the number of wind turbines would be 16 at most, he added.

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