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This blog is an amateur photographer's attempt to show how beautiful the world really is. He is drawn to the colors of nature like a moth to a candle light. What are showcased here are nature's grand display of colors at sunrise and sunset, beautiful beaches and off-the-beaten track locations in his beloved Philippines, waterfalls and some of nature's great sculptures, architectural gems, and other views from around SE Asia that he was fortunate to see at one point.

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November 27, 2015

pililla wind farm: beautiful icons of renewable energry



Perched on the rolling hills of Pililla in Rizal, these 27 beautiful icons of renewable energy is becoming to be a bonafide tourist attraction that's easily accessible from Metro Manila (a mere 2-3 hours away!). In fact its really just a short drive, and if not for the horrendous traffic passing through Antipolo and Tanay, you can be there in less than 2 hours.

Related post:  Sunset in Pililla wind farm


The first time I shot the wind farm was from a distance from the turbines; at that time they were laying down the transmission cables. Each of turbine can generate up to 2 megawatts of electricity, thus the farm can generate up to 54 megawatts!

Pililia Wind Farm viewing area

There's now a tourist center located in the first cluster.  It offers a panoramic view of Lake Laguna and its beautiful sunset. Pretty soon I expect a coffee shop or some souvenir shop here.

Right now access is not regulated nor is there an "entrance fee".  The guards would remind you to stay at less 10 meters from any of the turbines. If you go beyond the tourism center, you'll be treated to an amazing view of Pililla's green undulating hills.

Horses at Pililia Wind Farm

The place is already starting to generate some buzz.  While its still difficult to commute going there (a tricycle ride from the town of Tanay will set you back Php 300.00 one way), this destination is totally doable as a half day trip from Metro Manila.

Lining up

Why this particular place for the wind farm?  Pililla's unique topography and location makes it a natural wind corridor (with wind speeds up to 36kph as one of the info boards indicated).  Its close proximity to Metro Manila (the power hungry metropolis) sealed the deal. This wind farm is the first one outside of Ilocos, and I hope with the endless coastline we have there will be more wind farms. Its not a question of whether we have wind to harness, it boils down to the feasibility of putting up the wind farm.

Wind Turbines

Sunset by the wind farm

Dwarfed by the wind turbine

If you can, try to catch the sunset from the second clusters of wind turbines. The second cluster is just 5 minutes drive from the first one along the main highway. If your car is capable of handling steep hills, you can venture to the second cluster without going out the main highway.

Wind Turbines at Sunset

Roving guards would most likely ask you to leave, especially if you are far into the hills, when dusk comes. But with luck you may be able to manage to get enough time to catch a few snaps of that orange ball descending into the horizon.

Pililia Wind Farm Sunset

A Giant at Sunset

WInd Turbines at Sunset

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