Bangui Windmills: Your DIY Guide

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Bangui Windmills, otherwise known as Bangui Wind Farm, considered the first commercial wind farm project in Southeast Asia supplying 33 MW of clean energy, is a sight to behold along the beautiful shoreline of Ilocos Norte.

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Location

Address: Bangui, Ilocos Norte, Philippines

Coordinates: 18.5286° N, 120.7181° E

Map:

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Business Hours
  • Open anytime. Curfew may be imposed at some point and circumstance.

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Fees
  • Entrance Fee: None

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Contact Person/Group/Website/Page

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Under the Giant Blades of Bangui Windmills

Bangui Windmills, otherwise known as Bangui Wind Farm, considered the first commercial wind farm project in Southeast Asia supplying 33 MW of clean energy, is a sight to behold along the beautiful shoreline of Ilocos Norte, facing the West Philippine Sea.

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The Bangui Windmills is a two phase project. Officially known as NorthWind Bangui Bay Project, Phase I was completed in 2005 as the first project in Emissions Reduction Purchase Agreement (ERPA) under the Clean Development Mechanism[1]. On the third quarter of 2008, Phase II was completed, bringing a total capacity of 33 MG output with the addition of five more turbines. It is estimated that the power generated by the wind farm provides electricity for more than 100,000 households [1].

The project was developed by the NorthWind Power Development Corporation (NWPDC) and was later partially acquired by the local Ayala Corporation, a well-known conglomerate in the Philippines[1].

Apparently, the project has contributed to the the sustainable development of the place. It has an estimated 56,788 tCO2e reduction in emission of greenhouse gases, contributes renewable energy to the national grid, boosted local tourism, and generated additional employment[2].

All in all, Ilocos Norte is becoming a local leader in green energy in the Philippines as wind farms, solar farms, and hydroelectric plants are also located in other areas. In fact, the total energy produced by wind farms alone is around 283 MW [3].

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Bangui Windmills along the West Philippine Sea shore, with the Burgos windmills in the background.
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The windmills has attracted multitude of tourists as this is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia.

In conclusion, Bangui Windmills, otherwise known as Bangui Wind Farm, is not just a sight to behold along the beautiful shoreline of Ilocos Norte, as its main purpose if production of green energy.

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How to Get To Bangui Windmills

By land. Take any bus heading to Laoag City.

  • Manila buses bound to Laoag City are Partas, Dominion Bus, Aniceto Bus, Viron Transit, Florida Bus Line, Fariñas Trans, Maria De Leon Bus Lines, RCJ Bus Lines and F. Franco Transit. Make sure it is bound to Laoag, though most of these buses also have Vigan to Laoag trips.
  • From Baguio City, you can take a Partas bus near SM City Baguio or the ordinary mini-buses in Bayanihan. Make sure it is bound to Laoag, though most of these buses also have Vigan to Laoag trips.
  • GMW Liner and Florida Liner have buses plying a vice versa Abra and Tuguegarao with a stop in Laoag City route.

By air. Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines flies from Manila to Laoag International Airport.

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Helpful Local Phrases
  • Good morning: Naimbag a bigat; Good afternoon: Naimbag a malem; Good day: Naimbag nga aldaw; Good evening: Naimbag a rabii
  • How are you?: Kumusta
  • Thank you: Agyamanak
  • What is your name?: Ania ti nagan mo?
  • I don’t understand: Diak maawatan
  • How do I get to…?: Kasantnu ak a makapan sadiay…?
  • One: maysa, two: duwa, three: tallo, four: uppat, five: lima, six: ennem, seven: pito, eight: walo, nine: siyam, ten: sangapulo
  • How much is this?: Sagmamano daytoy?
  • Help!: Arayat!
  • Sorry: Pakawanennak

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Other Notable Nearby Places

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References

[1] Vestas.com. n.d. The True Pioneer Of The Industry. [online] Available at: <https://www.vestas.com/en/about/pioneering%20the%20industry#!> [Accessed 20 December 2020].

[2] Greentelecom.co.uk. 2013. Northwind Bangui Bay Project Wind Farm. [online] Available at: <https://greentelecom.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/cfp_cer-453_philippines_wind_issue_10.pdf> [Accessed 20 December 2020].

[3] Adriano, L., 2016. ‘Green’ Energy Seen Only Option For Ilocos Norte. [online] INQUIRER.net. Available at: <https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/797713/green-energy-seen-only-option-for-ilocos-norte> [Accessed 7 January 2021].

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