Project details
1091 · Wind energy
  • Luzon, Philippines
Independent wind energy for the Philippines

A wind farm on the Philippine island of Luzon ensures an increasingly independent supply of clean electricity for the population.

In 2015, the share of renewable energies in the Philippine electricity mix was about a quarter. Only five percent of the electricity came from biomass, solar and wind power plants. The island nation in the western Pacific has a wind power potential of 76 gigawatts. The Caparispisan wind farm in the province of Llocos Norte harnesses this potential. On 625 hectares, 27 turbines with a capacity of 81 megawatts generate an average of 270,000 megawatt hours per year, which have been fed into the Philippine grid since 2014.

Almost 22,000 people live in the project area, mainly from agriculture, fishing and tourism. The wind farm operator has set up a comprehensive programme to improve their living conditions and protect the environment. For example, new water tanks and filter systems were installed and hospitals were supported with donations of materials.

How wind energy contributes to climate action

As the name suggests, wind turbines use the power of the wind to generate energy. During this process, a generator located inside the wind turbine converts kinetic energy into electrical energy. As energy is still mainly generated from fossil fuels in many areas around the world, clean wind energy can replace some of this fossil, high-emission energy and verifiably save CO2 emissions.

In most cases, the sustainably generated electricity from the wind power projects is fed into a regional power grid, which diversifies the power supply and improves energy security in regions that are frequently affected by power shortages and outages. A project often creates increased job opportunities for the local population and the area can be used for additional activities, such as agriculture. Wind power projects make an important contribution to a clean energy supply worldwide and contribute to sustainable development with respect to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Wind energy projects in the ClimatePartner portfolio are registered with international standards.

Contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Affordable and Clean EnergyThe wind farm reduces the Philippines' dependence on fossil energy imports.
Decent Work and Economic GrowthAbout 380 people from the region work permanently for the wind farm, in the tree nurseries and as forest protection supervisors. Another 400 jobs have been created indirectly by the project.
Climate ActionThe project saves an average of 189,310 tonnes of CO2 per year.
Project standardGold Standard VER (GS VER)TechnologyWind energyRegionLuzon, PhilippinesEstimated annual emission reductions140,000 t CO2Validated byTÜV RheinlandVerified byCarbon Check (India) Private Ltd.