Caddo wind site in Oklahoma gets PPAs from two Fortune 500 companies

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Caddo wind
Caddo wind will feature 110 turbines. Image credit: Thomas Reaubourg on Unsplash.

The Caddo wind site under construction in Oklahoma has secured power purchase agreements (PPAs) from two Fortune 500 companies.

ALLETE Clean Energy, the owner of the wind project, has signed the agreements with Oshkosh and Hormel Foods for a combined 100MW capacity.

Located in Caddo County in southern Oklahoma, the wind facility will have a generating capacity of 303MW.

Featuring 110 turbines, the wind site will produce enough energy to power the equivalent of about 110,000 homes.

The wind project is expected to create about 200 jobs during construction and 12 to 15 long-term operations jobs.

ALLETE Clean Energy acquired the Caddo wind project from Apex Clean Energy in March 2020.

With the new PPAs, the Caddo wind project has secured three investment-grade Fortune 500 customers.

Hormel Foods environmental sustainability director Tom Raymond said: “This project is a great addition to our clean energy portfolio.

“Using renewable sources like wind not only helps the environment, but it makes long-term financial sense, supports local communities and demonstrates that we are committed to being good stewards to the planet.”

The Caddo site is expected to come online by the end of 2021.

It expands ALLETE Clean Energy’s total operating, under construction and build-transfer wind energy projects to more than 1,450MW of nameplate capacity.

ALLETE president and chief executive officer Bethany Owen said: “ALLETE’s strategy of sustainability in action is powered by clean energy projects such as Caddo.

“ALLETE Clean Energy is increasingly seen as a trusted partner as it brings more renewable energy online to help corporations meet their commitments to sustainability.”