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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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October 26, 2009

bangui windmills: wind of change on renewable and clean energy

Bangui Windmills
windmills of Bangui Bay

The first time I saw them, I could not help but ask myself if I'm still in the Philippines. The wind farm scenery looked like it was in some distant shores in a foreign country. But no its not. The giant wind turbines, spaced 236 meters apart, are on a 9km strip of deserted beach in Brgy. Baruyen in a sleepy town of Bangui in Ilocos Norte.

Towering Windmill

towering giant

Fifteen of these towering giants started operating in 2005, harnessing the strong wind coming in from South China sea. Each towers is 70 meters tall with 41-meter blades that drive a turbine with a 1.65 mega-watt generating capacity. The farm can generate a maximum of 24.75 mega watts of clean energy.

Bangui Windfarm
line of towers

The wind farm, which is being operated by Northwind Power and Development Corporation (a joint venture between Filipino and Danish businessmen), is the first and the largest wind farm in South East Asia.

Additional Windmills
additional 5 windmills

The initial set of 15 windmills was augmented to include 5 more. The additional turbines will increase the maximum generating capacity of the wind farm to 33 mega watts.

Windmill Service Entrance 2
service entrance

The wind farm may not be generating substantial energy (yet) on a national scale (only 0.25% of the National Grid) but it represents the country's willingness to look for a more environmentally friendly source of energy, one that is also sustainable and renewable.

Windmills Mono
glimmer of hope for renewable energy

The Philippines, with its 36289 km total coastline length, has a huge potential when it comes to wind power. Following the success in Bangui, more sites are now being studied for possible commercial wind farming applications.
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atto aryo said...

I've seen a farm with thousands of windmills in the US, but the one in Bangui seems more dramatic. Id really love to photograph it one day.

Ferdz said...

Gusto ko yung towering Giant shot! Hanep sa UWA! Gusto ko rin yan balikan one of these days :D

witsandnuts said...

Had you not disclosed, I wouldn't think these were taken in the Philippines. =)

Anonymous said...

beautiful and earth-friendly. very nice!

Anonymous said...

i've seen these windmills on tvc and on magazines but haven't been in that part of ilocos. ang galing ng shots! ang husay! =)

The Islander said...

very similar to the windmills around here in Germany. hope some parts of the country will develop this kind of renewable energy. very sustainable and eco-friendly.

Daxi Weida said...

i thought these were built in la union, ilocos pala.. do you have news how they fared against the recent typhoons?

Gaelyn said...

I love the idea, and they look rather sculptural. But I wonder about problems with birds flying into them.

Lessie said...

I love the various ways you captured these windmills. Thank so much for the variety! For some reason they look terrifying in the first pic to me -- but just useful in the last.

Photo Cache said...

Your photos are amazing especially the one where you showed the scale by having a jeepney next to it. Great post.

Lantaw said...

@r-yo, I agree, its really one of the most scenic places in Ilocos Norte

@ferdz, laki talaga nagagawa ng UWA hehe

@witsandnuts, I would not believe it myself :)

Lantaw said...

@princesamusang, its Philippine's commitment to clean and renewable energy source

@docgelo, you should visit them doc :)

@The Islander, these windmills were from the Netherlands. Its a sample of Dutch engineering :)

Lantaw said...

@Daxi, they are still standing strong. the blades have a protection mechanism against very strong winds: they fold.

@Gaelyn, they are gigantic and I guess birds will stay clear of them :)

@Lessie, its my pleasure sharing these photos :)

@Photo Cache, the magic of ultrawide lenses hehehe

Eve said...

On the beach? How interesting - I haven't seen that location yet!

Sylvia K said...

Oh, that's quite a sight and you photos are terrific as always and really give a feel for the size of these! Wow! Wonderful post!

Have a great week!


SandyCarlson said...

My first view of such things was in Pennsylvania. USA. I thought I was caught up in some kind of Teletubbies broadcast!

Marites said...

I've seen them from the plane on our way to Batanes. I'd love to see them this up close. Love your photos!

Jim said...

An awesome sight.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

dodong flores said...

The first photo is very well taken.
I didn't see this place, only in the photos. I should pass by here during day time to take a look myself of this wind mills.
It's unfortunate that everytime I pass by here, it's always in the night time... :(

LadyFi said...

Such giants - and beautiful too.

The Explorer said...

I really thank you for this. I never thought we have windmills. Energy from wind. I am aware that in Denmark, this is the main source of their energy, knowing that we are tying up with them is a great news. Great captures.

Always feature our country on its beautiful side made us realize that we are living in a wonderful place.

David B Katague said...

Excellent photos and article. Windmills is one of the solutions to the current power crisis in my beloved province of Marinduque. Allan, may I used one of your photos in my blog about the power outages and crisis in Marinduque. Thank you in advance! David

MysLykeMeeh said...

Amazing pictures! The work of wonders.

Japa said...

Very great post. We need these environment-friendly endeavors. And efficient too.

Ishmael F. Ahab said...

With the adverse effect of global warming, building these windmills for electric generation is a good idea.

Our country must continue building or supporting environment friendly electric generation technologies.

Using the windmills and the solar panels helps protect the environment and at the same time ease our dependence to fossil fuels.

Lito Antoque said...

wow ang ganda naman nyan....

lagal[og] said...

gamit na gamit ang uwa bai :D with the immensity of these windmills, kelangan talaga to capture the towering giants :)

JEP said...

Nice pictures sir especially yung "towering giant" ang galing at ganda ng kuha.

bing said...

someday i'm gonna visit this place.

these towering giants are truly indication of hope for the Philippines.

Jess said...


Does Bangui Windfarm was affected by Typhon last days ?

Oman said...

master at work. ang ganda ng mga shots lalo na yung pang UW. next time makukunan ko na yang isang windmill na yan ng buo.

bertN said...

Great source of clean and renewable energy! Dumami pa sana ang ganyan sa Pinas.

Anonymous said...

is the windmills not same position?

Rosalie said...

We'll visit Pagudpud next week. Good thing I've seen your photos... can't wait to visit the windmills. I sure hope we have more of these in the Philippines.


jk said...

ganda! naluge ako ah! di kasi ako nakasama sa tour namen dyan... sayang.

spreadsomeawesome said...

I have been there but it was raining. I didn't get to enjoy the sight of the windmills. :(

Anonymous said...

I just been there..yesterday...beautiful!!

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