The Bangui Wind Mills – also referred to as the NorthWind Bangui Project, is located in the Municipality of Bangui in the Province of Ilocos Norte.
BRIEF INFORMATION ABOUT THE WINDMILLS OF BANGUI
The wind farm project started with an aid grant of $48 million dollars from the Danish Government to Ilocos Norte Province in 1998. Initially this was for 19 very large turbines spaced 236 meters apart. There are now 49 turbines to date. Current electrical power production is around 25 megawatts and contributes nearly 40% of the provinces electrical power.
The wind farm is recognized as the largest in Southeast Asia and sells power Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative (INEC). The expected life span of the wind generation equipment is 21 years. The Northwind Bangui Bay Project estimates that 56,788 tons of CO2e (tons of carbon dioxide equivalent) of greenhouse gases will be reduced per year for the duration of the project activity. That’s 1.2 million tons of CO2!
The turbines have three vertically oriented rotor blades on top of a 50 metre high tubular tower. The nacelle (or casing), which encloses the generator, the gear box and the yaw mechanism (which turns the blades into the wind), is at the rear of the rotor blades. Each wind turbine has a 6-meter diameter base.
WHY VISIT THE WINDMILLS OF BANGUI?
Your visit to Ilocos would not be complete without your visit here, ergo, photo with the giant turbines. First, it’s the only one we have up north. Second, it is very scenic and truly beautiful place. Third, you seem transported to another country when you are here. Fourth, it is free visiting these turbines. Fifth, don’t you just love it?
HOW TO GET TO BANGUI WINDMILLS
The best way is through private vehicle. If you are staying in Laoag, hire a motorcycle (if you are a solo traveler like me) that will bring you here and the other tourist spots in the area. Commuting is not recommended unless you want to hike from the highway going to the windmills under the heat of the sun.
I have heard from ‘people’ that the Windmills do not really help solve electricity problem in Ilocos. Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative still rely much on hydro-power plants.
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