The Energy Regulatory Commission approved the application of the 150-megawatt Burgos wind project of Energy Development Corp. in Ilocos Norte for a certificate of compliance, another project milestone.
The CoC gave the country’s largest wind project the go-signal to commence commercial operations. The project earlier received the provisional authority to operate on Dec. 18, 2014 after obtaining the certificate of endorsement for feed-in-tariff eligibility from the Energy Department.
The deaprtment issued the COE for FiT eligibility after a validation of the project’s successful commissioning on Nov. 5, 2014.
All power generation firms are mandated to get a compliance certificate from the regulator.
“The transparent and predictable regulatory regime we have in the Philippines should encourage more players to pursue much needed renewable energy investments in the country,” EDC president and chief operating officer Richard Tantoco said in a statement.
“Few people know that our country is built on an island-arc setting characterized by volcanism, and in such settings we will not have large reserves of oil, natural gas and coal. We badly need RE to help us become less reliant on volatile imports,” Tantoco said.
BWP is the largest wind farm in the Philippines, consisting of 50 units of the Vestas V90 wind turbine generators which have a rated capacity of 3 megawatts each. It could generate about 370 gigawatt-hours every year and avoid an estimated 200,000 tons of carbon emissions
“We are also happy to help boost the Luzon grid with 150 MW of clean, reliable power and address the looming power shortage in Luzon and Visayas,” Tantoco said.
The project is EDC’s first foray into the wind energy business and represents the single largest investment to date.