Tenaska, Allete to contribute a combined $300,000 to fund over a 20-year period to be used to benefit the townships where the 150-megawatt wind farm is located. The townships include Bloom, Larkin, Lismore, Leota, Summit Lake and Wilmont.
WILMONT — With construction officially under way on a new 250-megawatt wind farm in northern Nobles County, the Nobles 2 Power Partners — comprised of affiliates Tenaska and Allete — has announced the creation of a community fund into which the partners will pay $300,000 over a 20-year period.
The announcement was made Monday evening during a picnic with landowners in the Wilmont city park. Its establishment will coincide with the completion of the project in 2020, with the first $15,000 payment made to the fund in 2021.
“The money will be used to support initiatives that will benefit the communities in the project area — the townships of Bloom, Larkin, Lismore, Leota, Summit Lake and Wilmont,” announced Scott Seier, vice president of strategic development and acquisitions for Tenaska. “Details on how organizations can apply for funds will be publicized once that first payment is made.”
Monday’s picnic with landowners was in conjunction with American Wind Week, a week set aside to celebrate the benefits of wind power, Seier said.
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