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We don’t just talk about our values, we live them. ALLETE Clean Energy has a rich history of giving back to the local communities where we live and work.
Since the start of 2021, ALLETE Clean Energy and its wind site partners have raised and donated more than $325,000 to support nonprofits, schools, fire departments and other organizations near our wind sites. In addition, our employees generously and regularly volunteer their time, talent and money to local projects and organizations too numerous to mention here.
Our largest donations included:
$105,000 in grants to the Roff, Sulphur and Tishomingo school districts near the company’s Diamond Spring wind site in Oklahoma. The grants were used for pandemic-related expenses related to remote learning and safety, including computers and internet access for students and teachers, and personal protective equipment for school staff and students. Joining ALLETE Clean Energy in the grants were Oklahoma City-based law firm Crowe and Dunlevy; Sheppard Mullin, an international law firm based in Los Angeles; Burns and McDonnell, a construction engineering firm based in Kansas City, Missouri; Apex Clean Energy, a renewable energy developer; and Red Hot Construction, a subcontractor at the Diamond Spring wind site.
$50,000 each to the Fort Cobb-Broxton School District and the Apache Fire Department near our Caddo wind site in Oklahoma. The donation to the school district will help pay for construction of an agricultural education livestock facility. The fire department donation will support the purchase of equipment to help the department more effectively and safely respond to specific situations, including wildland fires and bunker fires. Joining ALLETE Clean Energy in the grants were Caddo general contractor Wanzek Construction; turbine supplier General Electric; customer Hormel Foods; Oklahoma City-based law firm Crowe and Dunlevy; Sheppard Mullin, an international law firm based in Los Angeles with 15 offices across North America and Asia; Burns and McDonnell, a construction engineering firm based in Kansas City, Missouri; Siemens Energy and Siemens Gamesa, electrical transformer and turbine suppliers; and Eversheds Sutherland, an international law firm with 74 offices in 35 countries.
$109,138 in grants to local organizations through the ALLETE Clean Energy corporate office in Duluth, Minnesota, and individual company wind sites. Recipients included:
In addition to these large grants, our individual wind sites regularly donate to local organizations. These include:
Armenia Mountain Wind
Diamond Spring Wind
Glen Ullin Wind
Lake Benton Wind
South Peak Wind
Storm Lake Wind