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After solar power, Guam plans to tap wind energy next

HAGÅTÑA — The Guam Power Authority is anticipating a mid-July 2015 completion date for its wind turbine pilot project.

The Consolidated Commission on Utilities recently authorized GPA management to enter into a contract with DCK Pacific Guam LLC for the design and construction of the single wind turbine via the passage of CCU resolution 2014-36.

Art Perez, GPA communications manager, told Variety in an interview that the single 275-kilowatt unit will be constructed in the Cotal region of Yona.

The $1.65 million project is being funded by U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Insular Affairs grants amounting to $1.5 million plus an additional $200,000 budgeted by the power authority under its capital improvement funds.

Once the wind turbine goes online next year, the power generated by the facility would complement the Dandan 25-megawatt solar energy project, he said.

The Dandan solar energy project is expected to generate enough electricity to power 10,000 homes and offset the consumption of almost 2 million barrels of fuel oil and diesel fuel.

Perez said GPA is hoping to partner with Guam Community College for a hands-on, field-based renewable energy curriculum to support the growing technical energy industry on island.

In June, the Guam Land Use Commission approved the land rezoning application put forward by GPA for the lot where the wind turbine will be constructed.

The lot in the Cotal region was under the jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Parks and Recreation.

According to Joaquin Flores, general manager of GPA, the rezoning was one of the biggest hurdles for the start of the project.

“The approval was for conditional use, still forestry and agricultural, but restricted only for that wind turbine project,” he said.

GPA expects the project to produce wind-generated power that can serve 25 residential homes, he added.

Through the pilot project, GPA hopes to gain experience in the construction management, operation, maintenance and grid interconnection of wind turbines.