New breed of wind farm

Entrepreneur Ormand Hilderbrand is developing PaTu wind farm, Oregon’s first small, independent wind farm near Wasco.

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Ormand Hilderbrand has worked for five years to develop PaTu, Oregon’s first small, independent wind farm.

The $22 million to $24 million project is located near Wasco, where Hilderbrand’s family has farmed since the 1860s.

Construction started in June on the first of six wind turbines at Hilderbrand’s 9 megawatt-capacity PaTu Wind Farm. PaTu is the Native American word for Mount Adams, visible from the wind farm’s site along with Mount Hood, known to Native Americans as Wy’East.


When it begins generating electric power for sale to Portland General Electric Co. on Nov. 15, PaTu Wind Farm also will have the potential to generate local jobs, retail equipment sales and general economic boosters for the surrounding Columbia River Gorge region, Hilderbrand said.

Read more at Capital Press.

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