Global investment manager Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners and Elawan Wind have started commercial operations at the 200MW Persimmon Creek wind farm in Oklahoma.

Persimmon Creek features 73 GE 2.5MW turbines and was built in less than nine months by Wanzek Construction.

The project is located across 6879 hectares in Dewey, Ellis and Woodward counties and was developed by Scout Clean Energy. Scout was acquired by Quinbrook last year.

GE is also providing operations and maintenance for the wind farm.

Funding to construct Persimmon Creek included equity from Quinbrook and Elawan, as well as tax equity investments from a consortium comprising of GE Energy Financial Services and JP Morgan.

The wind farm will sell electricity into the Southern Power Pool market under a long-dated energy hedge provided by an affiliate of Citi.

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.

“This is an important milestone for Scout, which will now assist acceleration of the remaining projects in its diverse and growing wind power portfolio which Quinbrook and the Scout team have together expanded to over 2.3GW spanning 13 projects in 10 states.”