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After the Philippines’ first round of renewable energy auctions, Siemens Gamesa has signed a new agreement with ACEN CORPORATION. This will allow 14 units of the SG 5.0 -145 turbines to be supplied by ACEN CORPORATION.
This order comes after the country’s largest wind farm, 160 MW Pagudpud in Balaoi and Caunayan, was signed last year with the same customer. After being suspended for many years, the country’s wind industry reemerged in 2021. The 70 MW Capa wind farm, which is located in Caparispisan (Ilocos Norte), is expected to be complete and operational by the first quarter of 2024. Siemens Gamesa was also awarded a contract for five years of maintenance and operation services for the wind farm.
In 2014, North Luzon Renewables installed the first 81-MW wind farm in Caparispisan. It has been ACEN’s largest wind facility in the Philippines. Siemens Gamesa also supplied this project. Siemens Gamesa has so far installed 60% of the country’s total wind power capacity.
In June, the Philippines completed the first round in auctions for around 2,000 MW of different renewables projects. This is a significant step towards developing clean and indigenous energy sources at affordable prices and attracting investment to the sector. To achieve energy security, sustainable development, inclusive growth, and reduce the effects of climate change, the country has set a goal of at least 35% renewable electricity by 2030 and 50% in 2040.
“It is encouraging to see a greater political commitment from the Philippines to increase wind power in order to improve energy security and protect our environment. We are pleased to expand the partnership with ACEN in order to develop more wind power. The Philippines accounts for 1% of the country’s electricity production. However, the goal is to increase that figure to 9% by 2030, and 13% by 2035. We will unlock the full potential for wind together with our partners,” Mart Huismans- Sales Head, Siemens Gamesa Southeast Asia, was quoted as saying.
Siemens Gamesa is expanding across the Asia Pacific. The company has installed over 11.2 GW of onshore turbines in Australia, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and China. The company also received its first order for offhshore 112 MW in Japan and more than 3GW in Taiwan. This includes the installation of Taiwan’s first offshore wind power station in 2019.