The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

May 2, 2013

Patton Wind Farm offering turbine tours

Kathy Mellott
kmellott@tribdem.com

PATTON — Anyone wanting a close look at a wind turbine facility will have that opportunity Saturday at the Patton Wind Farm.

Tours of the turbine farm, located on more than 2,700 acres of farmland in Elder, West Carroll and East Carroll townships north of Patton, will be part of a community day.

The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the Carrolltown American Legion on North Main Street in Carrolltown.

EverPower Wind Holdings, owner of the Patton farm, will provide bus tours to the farm and food and entertainment at the legion building, said Bonnie Miller of EverPower.

“We always have an event to celebrate the building of our wind farms, but we don’t have a fixed format,” Miller said Thursday.

“This time we thought we’d do a community day to give as many people as possible the opportunity to get up close to the wind turbines and help us celebrate this new major investment into the area.”

The Patton Wind Farm was started with the help of a couple of local farmers, including Martin Yahner of Patton.

“When I was the local developer, people had a lot of questions,” Yahner said about the curiosity the windmills often generate.

The event also will provide an  opportunity for EverPower to pay back the local area for any inconvenience experienced during last year’s construction phase, Miller said.

“Wind energy is a clean, everlasting way to generate electricity, and we want as many people as possible to know about how we do it,” she said.

EverPower also owns and operates wind energy farms in Adams and Summerhill townships and in Somerset County.

While development of new wind farms in this region has slowed over the past year, that is not the case nationwide, according to the American Wind Energy Association.

Wind energy development has grown by 28 percent in the United States in the past year, making it the best year ever, according to a recent announcement from the association.

Private investments of $25 bil­lion have been pumped into the country’s economy and tens of millions of dollars has been paid to private landowners and local communities for development rights, according to the association’s annual report.

 

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