DMCI to erect wind facility on Semirara Island

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 5) – The power unit of Consunji-led DMCI Holdings Inc. bared its plan to construct a wind facility in Semirara Island in the Visayas.

In a filing Monday, DMCI Power Corporation (DPC) said the facility’s wind power capacity may range from 12 to 18 megawatts and may be up and running “within 12 to 15 months.”

The company did not disclose how much was allotted for the project since it has yet to determine the final power capacity.

“We are also looking at solar energy to augment the supply in the island, but we are prioritizing wind resource development because it has shown the most promise,” said DPC president Antonino E. Gatdula, Jr.

“Current studies suggest that wind power could potentially deliver a 33% plant utilization rate, compared to just 17% for solar. Capital expenditure per megawatt for both wind and solar projects are also roughly the same,” he said.

DMCI also operates a coal mine in the island through its unit Semirara Mining and Power Corporation.