I read somewhere that the total power needs of the ENTIRE province of ILOCOS NORTE is equivalent to the power requirements of Mega Mall in Mandaluyong. Is that a stunning factoid or what? Even if it isn’t exactly accurate, and the needs of an entire province are say 1.5 x Megamall’s or .5x Megamall’s, I am not sure if that is a statement about how wasteful our malls are or how small and non-industrial Ilocos Norte is. At any rate, driving back down south from our overnight stay at The Blue Lagoon, we decided to make a brief stop at the windmills, wind turbines, whatever you want to call them, at Bangui Bay. From a distance they were unusual, white, modern, three-pointed fans or blades hovering over a bucolic green farming landscape in the foreground.
Up closer, they were truly impressive…massive in size, spinning at a slow speed (hardly much wind) but letting off a solid whirling sound. Sitting atop extensive sand dunes, these multi-million dollar state-of-the-art turbines gave you reason to pause. To ponder the possibilities of alternative energy. I am not sure what the cost trade-off is but I suspect a finance guy would freak out at the high end cost of this energy generated by the turbines… But forget that for a moment and realize you could electrify your home with one of these babies, that is, if you had several million dollars to spare. And imagine what the neighbors would say about the whirring sound all day long!
Here is a link to a site with some interesting information on the turbines. After a brief stop at the turbines, we got back into the car and continued our drive South.