Situated at the agri-eco tourism capital of Region 6, Guimaras serves as the home of the very first wind farm in the Visayas region and one of the biggest in Southeast Asia.
The 54-megawatt (MW) San Lorenzo Wind Farm that formally began its operation in 2014 has been producing renewable energy that are being distributed to Western Visayas, Negros, and Cebu. Aside from its purpose to generate energy and reduce carbon emissions, the Wind Farm also attracts tourists while educating them on how renewable energy works and the effort of the island to be the first coal-free province in Western Visayas.
The PhP6.7 Billion Wind Farm, supported by the Department of Energy, is operated by a private investor Trans Asia Renewable Energy Corp (TAREC). It is composed of 27 wind turbines that stand approximately 123 meters tall with each of these wind turbine generating 2 megawatts power. Thus, producing a total of 54 megawatts of renewable energy.
The wind farm stretches up to 14 kilometers across four barangays in the Municipality of Lorenzo, namely Suclaran, Cabungahan, M. Chavez, and Cabano. These 123 meters tall wind turbine are all guaranteed to be safe. It can withstand a 325-km/hour wind and 7.9 Richter scale earthquake. The island is leaning towards sustainable development through environmental alternatives. Recently, Guimaras declared a ban towards coal and other fossil-fuel energy.
Marvel at the backdrop of windmills strategically scattered overseeing the rest of the island. Tourists can appreciate the landscape by going to the Lookout Point Number Seventeen or WTG No. 17. It offers the best view of the sunset within the area. From this viewing deck, you can see the rest of the 26 wind turbines spread across the 14 kilometers of the Municipality of San Lorenzo. Since the site is in an open field, you can be exposed to the sun so it is advised to cover your head with a hat or a scarf and bring water to keep hydrated.