ALLETE Clean Energy’s latest renewable energy project is the approximately 300-megawatt Caddo wind site in Oklahoma. It is ALLETE Clean Energy’s second wind site to generate renewable energy for the commercial and industrial power market, with its wind power full contracted to the McDonald’s Corp., Hormel Foods and the OshKosh Corp.
It joins the Diamond Spring wind site, also in Oklahoma and about 300 megawatts, as ALLETE Clean Energy’s two largest wind projects. Diamond Spring’s renewable wind power is fully contracted to Walmart, Starbucks and Smithfield Foods.
Two other recently completed wind sites serve utility customers. The 106-megawatt Glen Ullin Energy Center wind site in North Dakota, completed in late 2019, delivers renewable energy to Xcel Energy. The 80-megawatt South Peak wind farm in Montana, completed in early 2020, sells energy to NorthWestern Energy under a long-term power sale agreement.
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.
Our wind sites provide direct community benefits through jobs, local business investment, property tax revenue, and other contributions. We value the communities where we live and work, and we look forward to forging partnerships with landowners and local communities.
For more details about each operating wind site, click on the links to the.