A weekend at another farm, but this time a windmill farm! I really have a thing for farms.
When Captain Planet and the Planeteers was still on TV, I always pretended I was Linka. Not because she had a thing with Wheeler (😏), but I thought having the power of wind was really cool. And that still holds true for me today.
The beautifully biodiverse Philippines we call our home has consistently been listed as one of the top countries in the world at risk from climate change. While the threat of it is immense, I believe the opportunity to counter it right here — using local resources and ingenuity — is equally great.
Here are some promising numbers: Pililla Wind Farm has 27 wind turbines that produce an estimated 150 Gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity per year. Note that 1 GWh is equal to 1,000,000 kWh. An average household in Metro Manila (the country’s largest electricity demand area) consumes around 200 to 300 kWh monthly. This means that Pilillia Wind Farm alone can power almost 66,000 homes continuously. And the great thing about wind energy is it’s free.
Bonus: The host community receives 1 centavo per kWh generated by the wind farm, which can go to the community’s social needs like education, rural electrification, and health projects.
With places like Pilillia Wind Farm, I’m happy to see that there are active initiatives that take us closer to achieving energy security on our own merits, but we still have a long way to go. So, take your friends there, your parents, your siblings, your kids. Spread the word that by investing in wind energy and sustainable sources of power, we can become less dependent on foreign sources of fossil fuels that are subject to price fluctuations at any given time. We are so capable of uplifting ourselves right here in our backyard. We’re sitting on gold. Remind them why it’s important to support (and demand for) projects like this and what’s at stake if we don’t.
Happy #EarthDay, friends. Let’s be kind to our home. It’s the only one we’ve got.
🎑 Want a postcard from my adventures?