Shasta County, California
|Facility Megawatt Capacity||101|
gallons of water conserved
metric tons of CO2 avoided
*Offset metrics are based on comparison with region coal fleet emissions when available or average US coal fleet
Hatchet Ridge Wind is located in Burney, California between Mt. Shasta and Mt. Lassen. The site is home to diverse woodland wildlife, including black bears, cougars, bobcats, and elk. In clear weather the views are spectacular, although the high elevation also brings dense cloud cover and heavy snows in winter.
The facility spans roughly 2,700 acres owned by two private landowners and will contribute an average annual tax revenue of $1.75 million. We employed approximately 200 workers during the construction of the facility and continue to use local workers for maintenance.
In keeping with Pattern Energy’s commitment to community engagement, Hatchet Ridge Wind established a Community Benefits Program that is investing $5 million through the Burney-Fall River Education Foundation, Burney Regional Community Fund, and the Shasta County General Fund. The funds support first responders, the Burney Chamber of Commerce, school service programs, livestock auctions, and the long-running Inter Mountain Fair.
California often contends with droughts, and the facility conserves enough water to meet the needs of 5,000 Californians. It also offsets carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to removing 21,000 cars from the road.
During construction of the facility, our team supported reforestation of the site by planting of more than 62,000 pine trees. The wind facility property is shared with some of the largest commercial Christmas trees in the country, managed by Carlton Christmas Trees. Trees grown in this forest have graced many city centers, hotels, and retail holiday displays.
The 101 MW facility reached commercial operation in 2010. It consists of 44 American-made Siemens 2.3 MW turbines that sit atop towers manufactured in California. Pacific Gas & Electric Company purchases 100% of the electricity generated by Hatchet Ridge Wind, including the environmental attributes.