Global investment management company Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners has started commercial operations at its 200MW Persimmon Creek wind farm in Oklahoma, US.
Spread across 17,000 acres of land in Dewey, Ellis and Woodward counties, Oklahoma, Persimmon wind farm is equipped with 73 GE 2.5MW turbines.
The project is a joint venture (JV) between Quinbrook and Elawan Wind, US, and was constructed by Florida-based firm Wanzek Construction within a span of nine months.
Persimmon wind farm was financed with equity investments from Quinbrook and Elawan along with tax equity investments from a consortium comprising of GE Energy Financial Services and JP Morgan.
To be initially operated under a GE Full Service Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Agreement, Persimmon is reported to be the first project to be completed by the North American wind energy developer and owner-operator Scout Clean Energy.
Quinbrook senior managing director Jeff Hunter said: “We are delighted to have Scout’s first wind farm project up and running and to have completed construction on time and on budget. We believe that Persimmon is an outstanding wind project located in a very robust wind regime.
“The significant amount of tax equity financing we have secured from both GE and JP Morgan is a testament to the quality and differentiation of the project and complements the development work undertaken by Scout’s team together with operations affiliate Harvest Energy Services and, of course, our partner Elawan.”
Clean energy generated by the Persimmon Creek wind farm will be sold into the Southern Power Pool (SPP) market under a long-dated energy hedge provided by an affiliate of Citi.