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Windmill power soon in Cebu

| by: Stanley Cin

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Amihan Energy Corporation (AEC) yesterday got an endorsement from Governor Hilario P. Davide III for the construction of windmills that can produce 200 megawatts of renewable energy.

The wind power project is expected to rise on a 20,000-hectare lot within Cebu City, Balamban, and Toledo City.

Instruments for the construction of wind farms will be mobilized to the areas within two to three months and will hopefully start its production by December.

Joaquin Rodriguez Sr., chairman of AEC, said they chose Cebu for this windmill project because of its natural formation and its favorable acceptance of wind. He added that Cebu winds are constant compared to the winds in Luzon which got too violent.

In its initial phase,the windmill energy project is expected to deliver 62 megawatts of renewable energy. The wind farm can generate energy for up to 18 hours and may venture the use of solar power to cover the remaining 6 hours.

Rodriguez said that aside from producing clean, ecologically sound renewable energy, the wind farm can also be a tourist attraction. “It’s a sight to see”, said Rodriguez.

Governor Hilario P. Davide III has assured the AEC of his assistance and support. The Governor said that this wind energy project is a big help to address the Province’s demands for power.

The Amihan Energy Corporation is composed of Visayan Wind Energy Holdings, MugajayaBerhad of Malaysia and Dongturbo Electric Co Ltd of China. The AEC has been conducting exploratory studies for the past seven years in Cebu. Diane Higida