Guimaras eyes to be renewable energy capital
Guimaras Governor Samuel Gumarin, with the support of the provincial government and stakeholders, vowed to keep the island-province coal-free as it vies to become the renewable energy capital in the region.
In his speech during a stakeholders meeting in San Lorenzo town, Gumarin declared that the province, which is famous for its sweet mangoes and breathtaking tourist spots, is now the first province in Western Visayas to resist coal and other “dirty” energy sources.
“We are showing the world that we don’t need these dirty enery sources for development,” the governor said, noting that the people of Guimaras have long embraced a more sustainable power generation policy – particularly wind and solar energy.
Being isolated and relying heavily on the main power grid, Guimaras has started looking for a more sustainable energy source. Thus, the construction of the San Lorenzo wind farm in 2014.
The provicial government, according to Gumarin, is now looking at expanding the province’s renewable energy generation by another 40 megawatts.