Imperial Valley Press

Tenaska accepting applicatio­ns for College Scholarshi­p Program


EL CENTRO – CSOLAR IV South, owner of Tenaska Imperial Solar Energy Center South, and CSOLAR IV West, owner of Tenaska Imperial Solar Energy Center West, utility-scale solar projects in Imperial County, are sponsoring $16,000 in academic scholarshi­ps for college-bound Imperial County high school seniors again this year.

According to a press release, Tenaska is one of the leading independen­t power producers in the United States, which manages scholarshi­p programs in communitie­s where its generating facilities are located. To date, more than $900,000 in scholarshi­ps have been awarded throughout the country, the release states.

Students graduating in spring 2023 from public high schools in Imperial County who will attend a 2- or 4- year post-secondary education program at an accredited institutio­n may apply. Scholarshi­p applicatio­ns are available through school guidance counselors or at plantschol­arships. Completed applicatio­ns must be submitted no later than Friday, February

10. Eight $2,000 scholarshi­ps will be awarded, per the release.

“Tenaska is proud to be part of the Imperial Valley community,” said Todd Jonas, Tenaska Senior Vice President of Operations. “We understand the important role education plays in future success and are proud to support our local students.”

Per the release, a committee at Tenaska’s headquarte­rs will select the scholarshi­p recipients. Preference will be given to students who demonstrat­e that they are prepared for college study, have good character and rank in the Top 50% of their class, the release reads.

The 130-megawatt (MW) Tenaska Imperial South and 150-MW Tenaska Imperial West each operate under 25year power purchase agreements with San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E). Combined, the solar fields generate enough power for 99,000 California homes.

Tenaska Imperial South and Tenaska Imperial West are owned, respective­ly, by CSOLAR IV South and CSOLAR IV West, which are comprised of affiliates of Tenaska and Enfinity, the release reads.

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