Tenaska has announced its Imperial Solar Energy Center South is delivering power to San Diego Gas & Electric's (SDG&E) Sunrise Powerlink. The independent power provider says the ground-mounted photovoltaic solar project, which was developed by its affiliate, Tenaska Solar Ventures, will produce up to 130 MW.
According to SDG&E, the newly completed 117-mile Sunrise Powerlink serves as the main catalyst for renewable energy projects by fulfilling its goal as a renewable energy ‘superhighway’ that will deliver green power generated in the Imperial Valley to the San Diego region. It consists of overhead 500 kV and 230 kV transmission lines and towers, an underground 230 kV cable and a 40-acre, 500 kV transmission substation. SDG&E broke ground on the Powerlink in December 2010.
Tenaska Solar Ventures also recently completed permitting for the 150 MW Tenaska Imperial Solar Energy Center West near El Centro, which is expected to begin construction in 2013, with commercial operation in 2015.