You don’t need to go to Ilocos Norte to see a windmill. Imagine, that’s about 10 hours of land travel for you!
I remember my awe when I first saw the windmills of Bangui, Ilocos Norte. It was surreal to come face to face with a colossal turbine with all the sounds as it turns. And it’s environment friendly as a renewable energy.
Now, you don’t need to travel that far to experience that. Because just two hours from Manila, windmills on the top of the hills with the spectacular view of Laguna de Bay can be experienced through the Pililla Wind Farm in Rizal.
It was last year when I got the chance to do a side trip to Pililla Windmills when we explored Hulugan Falls in Laguna. I remember just sitting comfortably at the backseat of a friend’s car when I saw these tiny white fans from afar on top of the hills. It was also my first time to know about Pililla Wind Farm.
I don’t know, but I did not feel compel to write a blog post about the experience that time. Haha!
Then came this another opportunity a few months back, when I traveled to Buntot Palos Falls. On our way back to Manila, we did another side trip to this wind farm.
There’s this small structure in the middle of the area that serves as a coffee shop for tourists. It also has some information posted on walls about the wind farm for visitors to read.
It was 2013 when power company, Alternergy started the construction of Pililla Wind Farm. Pillila has been chosen as one of the sites for the project because of its excellent wind source. It is part of the natural wind corridor created by the unique geographical features surrounding the lakes – like tail mountains and proximity to the sea.
Pililla’s windspeed can be as high as 36 km/hr. Located in Barangay Halayhayin in the town of Pililla, these 27 turbines can generate almost 150 Gigawatt hours (GWh)of energy. This can power more than 66,000 households continuously! Wow!
And since this is just near Metro Manila, known as the largest electricity demand area, the electricity generated here only needs to travel short distance thus making all energy used up without any transmission loss. Amazing right?
Our group were able to take some photos! It’s clear that the wind farm is slowly becoming a tourist spot in the area. It’s so near in Manila you don’t have any excuse not to explore it.
Alternergy is also donating 1 centavo per KWh produced by this wind farm to the community, helping the locals for their needs for better education and healthcare. That’s just nice to know.
Pililla Wind Farm is a feat for our quest for renewable energy. This is a project that we all should support because it helps the people as well as the environment.
I’ve been in this wind farm twice and the experience was great. If you’re also looking forward to seeing a windmill with the beautiful view of the lake and mountains. Plan your trip now to Pililla Wind Farm. You can also make your travel as a side trip or as part of your itinerary as you explore the waterfalls and mountains of Laguna and Rizal.
Pililla Wind Farm – How to get there?
Directions: Go to Tanay Public Market by taking a van from Star Mall, Mandaluyong along EDSA near the MRT station. From there, hire a tricycle going to Pililla Wind Farm. Fare is about 300 pesos one way, and feel free to negotiate.
Via Private Car
Just take the Manila East Road passing through the towns of Rizal. When you get to Pililla, just look out for the Villa Lorenzo Resort. When you pass by that resort, take the left road, there’s a sign that says Pililla Wind Farm. You will see the turbines while on the road, so you know when you’re near the wind farm.
Via Group Travels and Tours – There are a lot of travel groups that include Pililla Wind Farm as part of their itinerary, like S&B Adventure, the group I joined in Buntot Palos Falls.
Pililla Wind Farm
Address / Contact Number: Operator: Alternergy Wind One Corporation
Location/Address/Contact: Brgy. Halayhayin, Pililla, Rizal
No Entrance Fee