20 Nov 2022
First Gen-owned Energy Development Corporation’s (EDC) 150-megawatt Burgos Wind Power Project (EBWPC) recently celebrated its 8th anniversary by holding the Wind Rush Challenge, a fun run that gives back to the company’s host communities by donating the registration proceeds to the Adopt-A-School program of the local government unit (LGU) of Burgos, Ilocos Norte.
Featuring 3-kilometer and 8-kilometer courses, the EDC Burgos Wind Rush Challenge was held at the country’s largest combined wind and solar farm, a 680-hectare site covering three barangays in Ilocos Norte.
“Excited kaming lahat sa araw na ‘to kasi ito yung first time namin mag-celebrate ng anniversary ng Burgos Wind Power Project na medyo marami kaming kasama (We are all excited today as this is the first time that we are celebrating the anniversary of EDC’s Burgos Wind Power Project together with this many employees and stakeholders,” EDC Burgos Corporate Relations Head Deborah Sabarre-Melchor said in an interview during the event.
Over 200 participants joined the fun run, including EDC employees, partner contractors from First Balfour and Vestas, representatives from Barangay Poblacion, Burgos LGU, Provincial Education Development Office, Department of Education Division (DepEd) of Ilocos Norte, North Luzon Renewable Energy Company (NLREC), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Burgos, Philippine National Police (PNP) Burgos, and the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO).
Also in attendance were Vice-Governor Hon. Cecilia Araneta-Marcos, Municipal Mayor Hon. Crescente N. Garcia, Sangguniang Bayan members Hon. Russel Jenald N. Garcia, Hon. Ma. Kathrina Saguiguit-Fulgar, and Hon. Raponsel G. Jimenez; Punong Barangay Jogie B. Jimenez, and other representatives from EDC’s partner LGUs.
The event raised PHP 32,000 out of the PHP350 registration fee for the 3-km course and PHP500 for the 8-km course. The proceeds will be turned over by EBWPC Facility Head Andy Durog to Burgos Mayor Crescente Garcia and Sangguniang Bayan Committee on Education Head Ma. Kathrina Saguiguit-Fulgar. In addition, all participants were given freebies, with two participants each winning a Samsung Galaxy Tablet A7 lite.
The EDC Burgos wind farm generates approximately 370GWh of electricity a year, which is used to power more than two million households in the Philippines. It offsets approximately 200,000t of CO₂ emissions annually.
EDC is the largest pure renewable energy company in the Philippines, operating 1,186 MW of geothermal, 150 MW of wind, 132 MW of hydroelectric power, and 12 MW of solar power plants—for a total of 1,480 MW of clean and renewable energy. Recognized as a world leader in geothermal technology, the Company operates in various locations in the Philippines, including Bicol, Leyte, Negros Island, and Mindanao. EDC, through its subsidiaries, also operates the biggest combined wind and solar farm in the region, located in Burgos, Ilocos Norte, and substantial hydropower assets located in Nueva Ecija.