My neighbor, Paul Rich, bought his first generator in the spring of 1993 for his dairy in Powell Butte. It was a 60 kW PTO-powered Katolight. It powered the equipment he needed for milking, as well as the lights in the barn and the lights and appliances in his house.

“That first winter, without the generator, I was milking 30 cows by hand when the power went out. My children, 5 and 6 years old at the time, were wrapped up in blankets in the house,” he said. “Thankfully, we were without electricity for hours and not days, but I knew then what my next big purchase was going to be.”

Garrett Howard is an authorized Generac dealer and certified installer and provides free quotes, which include generator sizing, in Oregon and Washington. He can be reached at

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