ALLETE secures tax equity funding for its newest wind site

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ALLETE Clean Energy recently sold Class A passive membership interests in Great American West Wind LLC to JPM Capital Corporation, in support of the South Peak wind site in Montana.

As announced in early January, the Great American West Wind LLC tax equity transaction also generated funding for ALLETE Clean Energy’s Glen Ullin Energy Center wind site in North Dakota, which began commercial operations in December 2019.

“Investors continue to look favorably upon our growth strategy in the wind sector as demonstrated by this tax equity deal,” said ALLETE Clean Energy Chief Financial Officer Laura Schauer. “High-quality projects like Glen Ullin and South Peak are successful in the tax equity market through a combination of relationships with respected counterparties, our development experience, use of the latest technology, and building trust with landowners in areas with first-rate wind resources. We plan to follow this effective approach as we execute our strategy with future projects.”

The South Peak wind site is an 80-MW wind facility near Great Falls that delivers power to NorthWestern Energy through a 15-year power sales agreement. It began commercial operation in mid-April 2020.

The Great American West Wind LLC tax equity transaction also generated funding for ALLETE Clean Energy’s Glen Ullin Energy Center wind site in North Dakota, which began commercial operations in December 2019. (Courtesy: ALLETE)

Glen Ullin Energy Center is a 106-MW wind facility about 40 miles west of Bismarck that delivers power to Xcel Energy customers in the Upper Midwest through a 20-year power sales agreement.

ALLETE Clean Energy acquires, develops, and operates clean and renewable energy projects. ALLETE Clean Energy currently owns and operates, in six states, approximately 740 MW of nameplate capacity wind-energy generation contracted under PSAs of various durations. ALLETE Clean Energy also engages in the development of wind-energy facilities to operate under long-term PSAs or for sale to others upon completion, with an additional 300 MW scheduled to come online in 2020.

“Completed amidst the historic COVID-19 pandemic, successful construction and closing major financing such as Great American West Wind demonstrate ALLETE Clean Energy’s adaptability and ability to deliver projects safely and efficiently,” said ALLETE Clean Energy President Allan S. Rudeck Jr. “These clean-energy projects bring immediate and substantial economic benefits to the local host communities and provide our customers with carbon-free, sustainable energy sources. ALLETE Clean Energy is proud to bring customers what they want and industry what it needs, at a time of transformational change.”

ALLETE Inc. is an energy company headquartered in Duluth, Minnesota. In addition to its electric utilities, Minnesota Power and Superior Water, Light and Power of Wisconsin, ALLETE owns ALLETE Clean Energy, based in Duluth; BNI Energy in Bismarck, North Dakota; and has an 8 percent equity interest in the American Transmission Co.

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