Bangui Wind Farm: The First Power Generating Windmill Farm in Southeast Asia
Bangui Wind Farm or NorthWind Bangui Bay Project is a wind farm that uses 20 units of 70-metre (230 ft) high Vestas V82 1.65 MW wind turbines, arranged on a single row stretching along a nine-kilometer shoreline off Bangui Bay, facing the West Philippine Sea at the municipality of Bangui, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. Bangui Wind Farm is considered as the first power generating windmill farm in Southeast Asia.
I went here at around 4 p.m. on April 16, 2010. (Yes, I know. This post is long overdue.) This was during my first time in Ilocos Norte, the 13th province on my list.
How to go to Bangui Wind Farm
If you are going to Bangui Wind Farm from Manila, take the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) until its end at Mabalacat, Pampanga and then take MacArthur Highway (formerly Manila North Road), towards Laoag. From Laoag, continue going north. Upon reaching the Municipality of Burgos, watch out for the directional marker on the left side of the road that points toward Bangui Bay. Follow the dirt road leading to the Bay. Some wind mills should already be visible from this point; then make a right turn to the Bay to see the Wind Farm. Travel time from Laoag to Bangui Bay is approximately 90 minutes.