ALLETE Clean Energy is refurbishing its 50-megawatt Condon wind facility in Oregon, with the project scheduled to be completed in 2019.

In a Tuesday announcement, the division of ALLETE Inc. said the work will extend the operating life of the facility, sustain its operating availability and re-qualify 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. 

“We are pleased to advance our fleet-wide optimization strategy with the refurbishment initiative at Condon,” ALLETE Clean Energy Chief Financial Officer Laura Schauer said in a news release. “The project will position the site well for future power sales, extend the project’s operating life, sustain operating performance and produce income growth.”

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 in Iowa, Lake

Benton in 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.