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Vince Perez-led Alternergy cleared to explore wind resources in northern Mindoro

August 3, 2022 | Bilyonaryo

Alternergy, through its unit Pililla AVPC Corp. (PACO), has been granted exclusive rights to explore, develop and utilize the Calavite passage wind resources in Northern Mindoro.

The wind energy service contract approved by the Department of Energy (DOE) for the Calavite Passage Offshore Wind Project covers about 78,000 hectares between northwest Mindoro and Lubang Island.

“We are honored to receive DOE’s approval for our Calavite Passage Offshore Wind Project, situated within one of the six zones identified by the World Bank with high offshore wind potential,” Alternergy chairman and former energy secretary Vince Pérez said.

“We believe that offshore wind will play a very crucial role in the Philippines energy supply security in the medium term, and a key priority of the current administration,” he added.

The Calavite Passage Offshore Wind Project forms part of Alternergy’s goal of building 1,245 MW of renewable energy capacity in the next five years.

Northern Mindoro has an offshore wind potential capacity of five GW based on the World Bank’s Offshore Wind Roadmap for the Philippines released last April.

The area is one of six zones identified by the World Bank study most suited to offshore wind development. The average wind speed in the area is estimated to be more than 11 meters per second. Northern Mindoro is near good port infrastructure, specifically in the Batangas area.

The management team of Alternergy is the same group of professionals who built the country’s first onshore wind power plant, the Bangui Bay Wind Farm in Ilocos Norte in 2005, and the 54MW Pililla Wind Farm in Rizal.

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