The Philippines has overtaken all other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in terms of installed wind energy capacity.
Philippines now has an operational wind energy capacity of 400 MW, more than anything other country in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region, according to media reports quoting former Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, who played an important role in the passage of Renewable Energy Law of 2008.
The Philippines is planning to increase the installed wind energy capacity to 1,600 MW over the next 2-3 years. Zubiri stated that the Philippines has significant wind energy resources spread across various islands of the country. The Renewable Energy Management Bureau has identified at least 44 potential sites for setting up wind turbines, which together can support 1,168 MW of wind energy capacity.
The Renewable Energy Law of 2008, which also led to the launch of feed-in tariff scheme, attracted investment from several domestic and international project developers. One of the most famous example of the benefits of the Law is the Philippines’ largest wind energy project, with an installed capacity of 150 MW, and owned by Energy Development Corporation. The project will includes 50 units of the Vestas V90-3 MW turbine. The project is expected to generate 370 GWh of electricity every year and offset about 200,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.