San Lorenzo Windmills

Guimaras is well known for its sweet mango plantations, bike trails and white sand beaches. At least for now! Last June 2014, construction for fifty-four (54) windmills have been rolled out in the province. By November 2014, twenty-seven (27) units have been erected in the town of San Lorenzo, which is in the western part of the island province.

San Lorenzo Windmills

I have only been on the eastern side Guimaras in my two visits here. I came back to the province earlier this year to bring some friends and wondered what is on the other side of the island. Before my third trip came to a close, I asked my guide if there was any waterfalls I could go to. He promised that he would bring me to Sadsad Falls and he added that I might be interested in going to San Lorenzo, where windmills were erected and are already fully operational. That gave me a reason to look forward to when I go back to the island. I believe it is a welcome boost to the province as it will create tourism on the western side of Guimaras.

San Lorenzo Windmills

Five days later, and I was back in Guimaras. Well, I was still in Iloilo and the ferry ride was a mere fifteen minutes so I decided to drop by before I go back to Manila. My guide, Cherald was already waiting in Jordan Wharf (Guimaras port) with his motorcycle. After securing my stuff, we started our ride going to San Lorenzo. After thirty minutes of rough road, we reached the first windmill.

San Lorenzo Windmills

I stand in awe, as the windmill stood mightily. Five years ago, I have been to the Bangui Windmills, which settled like a fortress shielding the Ilocos coast from invader. The San Lorenzo Windmills, measuring at 80 meters tall and 40 meters wide on the other hand, rose like a skyscraper towering over everything.

San Lorenzo Windmills

Each wind turbine blade is capable of generating 2 megawatts of electricity giving a total of 54 megawatts, more than enough to cater the 13-megawatt power supply needed for the whole province. The remaining energy is used to provide energy to neighboring provinces - Iloilo and Negros Oriental. By June 2015, 14 more units have been hoisted in the town of Sibunag and the last 13 units have been set up at the town of Nueva Valencia.

Cherald

This is my guide Cherald, posing for me before we take off for the next series of wind turbines.

Sunset at San Lorenzo Windmills
Sunset at San Lorenzo Windmills

Sunset was approaching as we reached the last windmill. Needless to say, it was a fitting way to end the day and my trip in Western Visayas. I woke up in a sandbar resort that morning in the northern part of Iloilo, greeted by a beautiful sunrise and waited for the sun to set in Guimaras, on a road less traveled.






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7 comments:

  1. It's good to know Guimaras also has windmills. I was only aware of Bangi in Ilocos.

    More than being a tourist spot, this helps the community in generating sustainable energy. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. there are actually wind turbines in the Rizal area. we should harness the power of the wind.

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  2. San Lorenzo Windmills now became an attraction of the province. The place is now considered a photo shoot venue.

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    1. yes, there were some people who had their photos taken with the windmills as their background

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  4. Wow! It's so amazing. I wish I could have visit this windmill.Do you use any portable wind meters for personal use? To which extent these windmills useful are ?

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