Bangui Windmills are a wind farm in Bangui, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. They are the first power-generating wind farm in Southeast Asia and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the province. They use 20 units of 70-meter high wind turbines that produce electricity from the wind that blows from the South China Sea. They have a total capacity of 33 megawatts and provide 40% of the power requirement of Ilocos Norte. They also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote renewable energy sources.
Bangui Windmills were built by the NorthWind Development Corporation in 2005, with the help of Danish and Filipino engineers. They are located along a 9-kilometer shoreline of Bangui Bay, facing the sea. They are spaced 326 meters apart and have a rotor diameter of 82 meters. They have a lifespan of about 21 years.
Bangui Windmills are not only a source of clean energy, but also a scenic and cultural attraction. They offer a spectacular view of the coast and the sea, especially during sunrise and sunset. You can also see the nearby Cape Bojeador Lighthouse and Kapurpurawan Rock Formation from the wind farm. You can visit the wind farm by car, bus, or tricycle from Laoag City, which is about an hour away. There is no entrance fee to the wind farm, but you can also rent a cottage, a raft, or a goggle for a minimal fee.
Bangui Windmills are a symbol of innovation and sustainability in the Philippines. They showcase the potential of wind power as an alternative and eco-friendly energy source. They also reflect the culture and heritage of Ilocos Norte and its people, who are known for their resilience and creativity.