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Bhutan gets its first wind turbines

Komal Kharka, Wangdue Phodrang
Jan 26 2016

Bhutan gets its first wind turbinesThe country’s first pair of wind turbines, which will electrify 300 households, were inaugurated, today. Each wind turbine produces 300 kilowatt of energy, enough to power 150 households throughout.

The Prime Minister, Tshering Tobgay inaugurated the first pilot wind power project of the country in Rubesa village under Wangdue Phodrang.

“The project is an effort to enhance the energy security in the country by diversifying the energy supply by promoting alternative renewable energy technologies,” said the Officiating Director of Department of Renewable Energy, Mewang Gyeltshen.

It took 18 months for the Department of Renewable Energy, under the economic affairs ministry, to install the turbines.

“It has become a matter of urgency for the country to make appropriate investments in other alternative renewable energy due to the rising energy demand, growing import of fossil fuels, and risk of reliance on single electricity source and impending threats of climate change,” said Mewang Gyeltshen.

He said they are now in the process of identifying actual potential of alternative renewable energy Bhutan has.

“On the other hand we are trying to equip our self and record experiences so that we are ready to take up larger project.”

The pilot project has been developed to demonstrate the technical feasibility of generating wind power that will alleviate the power shortage during lean season and to gain practical experience in planning, constructing and operating the wind firm in the country.

It was developed at the cost of Nu 177 M funded by the Asian Development Bank the government.

Economic affairs minister, Norbu Wangchuk and health minister, Tandin Wangchuk also attended the inauguration.

1 Comment for “Bhutan gets its first wind turbines”

  1. Chimi

    Hello BBS, thank you for the news update as always. I was reading this article and felt that it did not cover the full true story behind it. It says “It took 18 months for the Department of Renewable Energy, under the economic affairs ministry, to install the turbines” when in actuality the project was completed by Bhutan Power Corportation with the help of Komaihlatec Inc (from Japan) and also financed by Asian Development Bank. I write this comment because my brother (who works at BPC and not DRE) worked with his project manager and other Japanese engineers to complete the project for 18 months at the windy site where the two windmills stand now. The president of Komaihlatec Inc came to Bhutan all the way from Japan for the inauguration and surprisingly she didn’t get to speak a single line. On the other hand, just few days ago Japanese media interviewed Bhutanese site engineers to be aired/printed in Japanese media. I am not complaining but questioning the reliability, accuracy and resourcefulness of the news article on BBS. Thank you 🙂

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