ALLETE Clean Energy has signed a renewable energy sale agreement with McDonald’s Corp for 200 megawatts from the Caddo wind site ALLETE Clean Energy is currently constructing in Oklahoma. The 300-megawatt Caddo site, with its three renewable energy sale agreements with investment-grade Fortune 500 customers, will double ALLETE Clean Energy’s capacity to serve the accelerating corporate demand for clean energy. The project is in Caddo County in southern Oklahoma.
The Caddo agreement is part of a plan by McDonald’s to use its large scale to help address climate change for current and future generations. The company, in collaboration with franchisees and suppliers, plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to McDonald’s restaurants and offices by 36 percent by 2030 from a 2015 base year.
Caddo’s approximately 110 turbines will produce enough energy to power the equivalent of about 110,000 homes, and increases ALLETE Clean Energy’s total operating, under construction and build-transfer wind energy projects to more than 1,450 megawatts of nameplate capacity. The company’s recent growth has come through serving new commercial and industrial customers through the Diamond Spring and Caddo projects in Oklahoma. ALLETE Clean Energy purchased both sites from Apex Clean Energy and, as at Diamond Spring, the two companies will work together to finalize development and construction of Caddo.