With GPA seeking to cancel phase 2 of its solar energy project, the authority’s wind energy project may face a similar fate.
Guam – With GPA seeking to cancel phase 2 of its solar energy project, the authority’s wind energy project may face a similar fate. Pacific Green Resources, the company contracted out to provide GPA with 9 MW of wind energy, pleaded their case in front of CCU commissioners for an extension on their plan to build three new wind turbines on Guam.
Back in 2013, GPA signed a historic agreement with Pacific Green Resources to provide renewable energy to Guam. It marked the first time the Guam power authority began to move in a more renewable direction. Fast forward three years and PGR sat in front of CCU commissioners asking for an extension on its wind energy project, which was supposed to go online earlier this month.
“Back in January we submitted a letter to GPA electing to extend the commercial operation date from March 14, 2016 to March 14th 2017. That’s why we are asking for 365 days extra,” said PGR President Enrique Cruz. “Basically, in short that’s what we are doing, and we are at your mercy right now, we trust that whatever you need, any additional information we will provide that.”
Cruz says originally PGR was contracted to build a wind farm with 34 wind turbines capable of producing 9 MW of electricity. After wind study assessments, PGR decided to limit the scope of the project by buying less turbines. He says that PGR now plans to build 3 “monstrous” wind turbines capable of producing 3.3 megawatts each. He says this will use less land but require a larger foundation.
“When you have a 3.3 megawatt, they’re monstrous, we were worried about can we maneuver bringing them back to Dan Dan. We even thought about using helicopters if its possible, even the cane that’s available on island, we had to bring in a special cane to even lift this,” said Cruz.
Cruz says that PGR can begin construction within 4-6 months and they have a contract with the supplier of the turbines in place. Cruz says if the contract is in by May of this year; they can deliver the turbines and make this a reality by September.
Cruz points out that all the risk lies with PGR and very little with GPA. They have hired FC Benavente planners; the same group that is planning the controversial Pago Bay resort condominiums, to rezone their property. He says that PGR is continuing construction and putting up costs even without consent from GPA or the GLUC. CCU Chairman Joey Duenas says that the CCU was not prepared to make a decision by the next CCU meeting.