The first ever wind turbines in the Philippines is found here in Bangui, Ilocos Norte!
Bangui Wind Farm is a wind farm in Bangui, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. The wind farm 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.
WHAT TO BRING FOR ILOCOS NORTE
Here are some things you might consider bringing with you for your day tour / adventure:
- Stylish face mask
- Water container/tumbler to rehydrate
- Sunscreen for skin protection
- Goggles for swimming or snorkeling
- Stylish Swimsuit
- Travel backpack / luggage
- Reusable vacuum storage packs
- Selfie stick
- Waterproof phone case
- Acion cam
- Camping tent
- WiFi kit
- Power bank
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Phase I of the NorthWind power project in Bangui Bay consists of 15 wind turbines, each capable of producing electricity up to a maximum capacity of 1.65 MW, for a total of 24.75 MW.
|Bangui Windmills 2012|
The 15 on-shore turbines are spaced 326 metres (1,070 ft) apart, each 70 metres (230 ft) high, with 41 metres (135 ft) long blades, with a rotor diameter of 82 metres (269 ft) and a wind swept area of 5,281 square metres (56,840 sq ft).
Phase II, was completed on August 2008, and added 5 more wind turbines with the same capacity, and brought the total capacity to 33 MW. All 20 turbines describes a graceful arc reflecting the shoreline of Bangui Bay, facing the West Philippine Sea.
THINGS TO DO AT BANGUI WINDMILL
Here are some of the things you can do inside Bangui Wind Farm:
- Pictorial (selfie)
- Beach bum
- Buy souvenirs
MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
I've been here twice and I loved it here. The first time was when I joined my co-worker's team building in 2012.
|That's my officemate, Sai Dapitan who brought his own motorbike all the way from Manila. Photo taken in 2012|
We traversed the rough and narrow road from the north entry where there weren't stores or any stalls. It was very raw and we enjoyed the sunset, a perfect way to end the day.
The following year, I visited here again with my new travel buddies (Team Basti). This time, we took the south entry which is much accessible for visitors.
There are a line of stores for food, drinks and souvenirs, too. Here, the view is much better and there's a wide space for different perspective.
Anyway, both entries can be accessed if you are going to bring your own vehicle. There are parking spaces, too.
Bangui Windmill is majestic by itself. Make sure to drop by when you visit Ilocos Norte. :)
HOW TO GET TO BANGUI WINDMILL
Although Laoag City is the main point of transportation in Ilocos Norte, the Municipality of Banguiis nearer to Pagupud, a tourist hot spot in the province.
LAOAG CITY can be accessed by the following:
- By Land: Partas, GV Florida Transport, Dominion Bus Lines, Philippine Rabbit and Fariñas Transit have daily trips that will take you directly to Laoag City.
Travel Time: From Manila to Laoag City, 10-12 hours. So, I advise you to have a night trip for this.
- By Plane: Take a direct flight from Manila to Laoag via Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines.
Travel Time: From Manila to Laoag City is about an hour. Flights are usually at night, so better make the necessary adjustments on your itinerary.
For complete details, visit - LAOAG TRANSPORTATION GUIDE
Bangui is about 1-2 hours drive from Laoag City. The town is also next to one of top destinations in the province, Pagudpud.
ATTRACTIONS TO SEE IN MANILA
WHERE TO STAY IN ILOCOS NORTE
Knowing that Ilocos Norte is one of the top tourist destinations in the country, finding a place to stay here is not really a big challenge but of course, it would be ideal and less hassle to book your reservations as early as possible.
There are many budget hotels, transient houses and of course those luxury hotels to stay in. You can check our list of accommodation in Ilocos Norte and see which one suits your budget.
ACTIVITIES AND TOURS IN MANILA
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Bangui Windmills
Check out my Ilocos Travel Guide:
- Where is the biggest windmill in the Philippines?
The 150 MW Burgos Wind Farm is the largest wind power project not only in the Philippines but in Southeast Asia.
- What form of energy does the Bangui windmill produce?
The NorthWind power project in Bangui Bay consisted of 15 of those wind turbines, each with a maximum production capacity of 1.65 MW of electric power, making a total of 24.75 MW.
- How do you get to the windmills in Bangui?
If you come from Laoag City, you can take the bus going to Bangui or Pagudpud from the Bangui and Pagudpud bus terminals. Get off at Bangui town proper and from there, you can hire a tricycle, as there are no jeepneys going directlyt to the Bangui windmills.
- Who is the owner of Burgos wind farm?
The owner of Burgos wind farm is Energy Development Corporation and operated by Vestas.
- TOP 10 Must-See Sights in Ilocos Norte (Best Tourist Spots!)
- The Sinking Bell Tower of Laoag City
- Bangui Wind Turbines, the First Wind Farm in the Philippines
- Malacañang of the North and the Marcoses
- Patapat Viaduct - Connecting Ilocos and Cagayan Valley
- 4x4 Adventure at Paoay Sand Dunes
- Saint Augustine Church AKA Paoay Church
- La Virgen Milagrosa Chapel of Badoc
- Blue Lagoon, The Boracay of the North
- Kapurpurawan Rock Formation of Burgos
- Cape Bojeador Lighthouse of Burgos
- Marcos Museum and Mausoleum in Batac
- 10 Ilocano Food That Will Make You Crave For
Have fun, Juan!
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