Pililla Windmills in Rizal are on top of the hills overlooking the beautiful plains of Tanay Rizal on one side and Laguna on the other. Of course you also get a very good view of Laguna de Bay. This is a welcome development in terms of renewable energy and a sure boost for local tourism in Rizal Province.
I actually noticed about this while driving through the highest section of my village in Binangonan Rizal. I immediately googled it and to my surprise, nobody has blogged about it.
Operator: Alternergy Wind One Corp
Location: Brgy. Halayhayin, Pililla, Rizal
# of Wind Turbines: 27 towers (on full operation)
Type: Renewable energy
Energy Production: 54-megawatts
Expected Start of Operations: mid 2015.
How To Get To
Pililla Wind Farm/ Pililla Windmills.
via Private Transportation
1. Get to Tanay Town
4. Roughly 1km from Sampaloc intersection, look for Sampaloc Inn on the left. That is your hint.
7. A few meters after turning right, turn left.
8. Follow that road and the end section will be Pililla Wind Farm.
Note: around 45% of the road is rough. Small cars are not advisable. We went here via 4×4 and it was still bumpy and some sections require careful driving.
via Public Transportation
1. Follow steps 1 and 2 above.
2. At the intersection of Sampaloc, take a tricycle. They know where the facility is.
Note: Tricycles usually charge 200 pesos to get here. The ride takes 25 minutes. Try to haggle for 180 or even 150 pesos per tricycle.
What to Expect
I have seen Bangui Windmills and I noticed that there windmills are really tall. I think 50% higher than the ones in Pililla. The poles need not to be elevated too high here because the area is already high to start with. Bangui has a different appeal because of the beach location and the good alignment of the windmills. Equal spaces in a single line. That makes for a very dramatic effect on photos.
We went here early March so the grass are already turning gold. Lakas maka Windows wallpaper ang peg.
Pretty soon, some resort in upper Tanay including Martessem Mountain Resort will offer tour packages to the wind farm. I will update this post for package rates soon.
For now, take the chance to enjoy the wonderful eye level view. They might close the road leading closer to the windmills when the facility starts operating mid this year.