ALLETE Clean Energy is an independent power producer established in 2011 with headquarters in Duluth, Minnesota. ALLETE Clean Energy, through subsidiaries, owns, operates and has built and sold wind farms in seven states with more than 1,450 megawatts of capacity.
ALLETE Clean Energy is developing the Red Barn wind project for sale to Wisconsin Public Service Corp. and Madison Gas and Electric Co. to advance the companies’ net-zero carbon goals and meet their energy planning needs. Before and during construction, we will host landowner meetings to keep participants apprised of the project’s development schedule, milestones, and projected construction dates.
Leased land allows the landowner to optimize land use. A small portion of the leased land is needed for siting turbines and development of access roads intended for mutual use. The remaining land continues to be available for landowner use, such as farming or grazing. This dual use provides additional annual income to landowners.
We value the communities near our project, and we look forward to forging partnerships with landowners and the communities near the Red Barn project. Together with our project construction partners, we expect to donate to local first responders and schools, along with creating a local trade school scholarship for renewable energy or wind technician studies.
Construction will begin in May on the operations and maintenance building, laydown yard, access roads and underground cabling system. Work then shifts to turbine foundations and, finally, turbine erection. We expect project completion in late 2022.
More than 80 studies worldwide have been conducted about wind turbine exposure and health, and to date, the credible, scientific peer-reviewed literature does not support evidence of adverse health effects resulting from wind turbine exposure. There are a number of resources available on the American Clean Power Association website at https://cleanpower.org/resources/types/fact-sheets/.