AC Energy to Develop Largest Wind Farm in Philippines at 160 MW

AC Energy has started construction of the 160 MW Balaoi & Caunayan wind farm, the biggest wind farm in the Philippines to date.

AC Energy is moving closer to its 2025 goal of achieving 5,000 MW of renewable energy target with the start of construction of the 160MW Balaoi & Caunayan wind farm, the biggest wind farm in the Philippines to date. 

Once completed, AC Energy will double its wind energy capacity in the country. Upon completion of the infusion of AC Energy International into ACEN, its total renewables capacity will be over 2,000 MW.

Located in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, the 11.4 billion wind farm is AC Energy’s latest project with long-time partner, UPC Renewables. The project’s target completion is slated for Q4 2022, in time for full-year operations in 2023, when supply in the Luzon energy market is expected to be tight.

The project will be the third wind development of AC Energy in Ilocos Norte, along with the NorthWind wind farm in Bangui and the North Luzon Renewables wind farm in Pagudpud.

“We are very excited to begin the construction of the Balaoi & Caunayan wind farm, which will be the largest and lowest-cost renewable energy producer in the country,” said Jose Maria P. Zabaleta, Chief Development Officer of AC Energy. “This project will further augment AC Energy’s generating capacity, following our recently completed solar farms and battery storage plants, and will contribute to the growth of our renewables share as we scale up our sustainable investments.”

The wind farm will utilise turbines from Siemens Gamesa who will supply, install and commission a total of 32 SG 132 and 145 wind turbines, with a total capacity of 5 MW each, set to optimise the renewable energy production in the wind farm.

“The site of the Balaoi & Caunayan wind farm has one of the best wind resources in the country and its construction marks the culimation of over ten years of development work. We are grateful for the continuing support of the Ilocos Norte provincial government and the municipality of Pagudpud in helping to bring this project to fruition” said David Sutton, CEO of UPC Renewables Philippines.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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