EL CENTRO â€“ Tenaska Imperial Solar Energy Center South near El Centro is sponsoring $8,000 in academic scholarships for college-bound Imperial County high school seniors again this year.Â Â Deadline for Submissions is Monday, Feb. 15, 2016
Students graduating in spring 2016 from public high schools in Imperial County who will be attending a two- or four-year post-secondary education program at an accredited institution may apply. Applications can be obtained from guidance counselors at each of the public high schools and must be submitted no later than Feb. 15. Eight $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.
The partnership has awarded 16 scholarships totaling $16,000 to students in Imperial County to date. The program was first announced for the 2013-14 school year in celebration of the commercial operation of Tenaska Imperial South, Tenaskaâ€™s first solar project in the Imperial Valley.
â€œSupport for the communities where we do business is part of our company culture, and one way we do this is through our annual college scholarship program â€“ helping bright, promising high school students realize their future potential by furthering their education,â€ said Todd Jonas, Tenaska senior vice president of operations and asset management.
A committee at Tenaskaâ€™s headquarters will select the college-bound seniors to receive the scholarships. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate that they are prepared for college study, have good character and rank in the top 50 percent of their class.
Tenaska Imperial South is able to produce 130 megawatts (MW) of renewable power to meet the electricity demand of at least 44,000 California homes for San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E).
Tenaskaâ€™s second solar project in the Valley, the 150-MW Tenaska Imperial Solar Energy Center West, is expected to begin commercial operation in 2016. Tenaska Imperial West will produce enough clean, renewable power for more than 55,000 California homes under a 25-year power purchase agreement with SDG&E.
Together, the two solar projects have injected tens of millions of dollars into the local economy through employee wages, vendor contracts and local taxes.
About CSOLAR IV South, LLC
Tenaska, an energy company headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, formed CSOLAR IV South, LLC to build, own and maintain Tenaska Imperial Solar Energy Center South. Tenaska Solar Ventures, LLC, the solar energy development affiliate of Tenaska, developed Tenaska Imperial South. Another affiliate serves as managing member.