Allete Clean Energy’s Montana facility to impact US wind energy market

In a bid to strengthen its stance in the northwest quadrant of the US wind energy industry, Allete Clean Energy has recently announced to supply electricity to one of the prominent utility firms of the nation, NorthWestern Energy. Reportedly, in order to fulfill its obligations under a signed power sale agreement, the company would build, own, and operationalize an 80 MW wind energy farm in the state of Montana.

Meanwhile, the latest agreement comes in the backdrop of Allete Clean Energy’s recent acquisition of the South Peak facility from Peak Clean Energy. It would be prudent to mention that the electricity derived from South Peak would also be provided to the consumers of NorthWestern Energy and is scheduled to be online by the end of 2019.

Speaking on the development, President of Allete Clean Energy, Al Rudeck was quoted stating that the latest facility would expand the firm’s existing product portfolio across the northern belt of US wind energy industry. He further stated that the operationalization of the Montana production unit would open up even more growth opportunities for the company in the near future.

For the record, Allete Clean Energy was formed to construct capital-intensive energy projects and provide innovative energy solutions by leveraging natural gas, hydro, solar, wind, shale resources, clean coal technology, biomass, and other emerging renewable sources. The firm boasts of an extensive presence in the wind energy market of the US with a total of six wind generation facilities across the states of Iowa, Pennsylvania, Oregon, and Minnesota.

If reports are to be believed, the latest facility would utilize wind turbines procured in 2016 by Allete Clean Energy that fulfill the specifications for the production tax credit “safe harbor” provision. This would reportedly assist the Montana facility to qualify for the federal renewable energy production tax credits which are considered as the benchmark in the US wind energy industry.