ALLETE Clean Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of ALLETE, announced it is refurbishing its 50-MW Condon Wind facility in Oregon, with the project completion scheduled for 2019.
The refurbishment will extend the operating life of the facility, sustain its operating availability and requalify the site for federal production tax credits. The project also will position the site for recontracting after the existing power sales agreement with Bonneville Power Administration expires in late 2022. This investment ensures the Condon facility will continue to deliver its sustainable energy supply and add value to the Condon community well into the future.
“We are pleased to advance our fleet-wide optimization strategy with the refurbishment initiative at Condon,” said Laura Schauer, CFO of ALLETE Clean Energy. “The project will position the site well for future power sales, extend the project’s operating life, sustain operating performance and produce income growth.”
The investment in the facility includes equipment and system upgrades necessary for its continued performance. ALLETE Clean Energy acquired the Condon facility from AES Corporation in 2014 as part of a portfolio acquisition that included wind facilities at Storm Lake, Iowa, Lake Benton, Minnesota and Armenia Mountain in Pennsylvania.
In addition to the Condon project, ALLETE Clean Energy is refurbishing 385 turbines at the Lake Benton and Storm Lake sites to improve turbine performance and reliability, generate federal production tax credits at each site and support the renewal of power sales agreements at Storm Lake.