RADNOR, PA – November 9, 2021 – Snow College today announced that it has received a $50,000 donation from solar developer Community Energy. This donation is a result of the relationship Community Energy developed with Snow College during the construction of the nearby 80 MW Sigurd Solar project in Sevier County, Utah. The Sigurd project was acquired by D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments (DESRI) in early 2020 and has signed a long-term PPA with PacifiCorp to provide Facebook’s data center operations with renewable energy certificates.
Most of the funds will go toward establishing a renewable energy education component that will expand the College’s Industrial Technology program. Community Energy, Sevier County, and Snow College collaborated to identify where the funds would have the biggest impact and the best way to create a conduit to the new energy economy. “From day one, Community Energy worked to ensure that our area benefited from their project,” said Malcolm Nash, Sevier County Economic Development Director. “This contribution to Snow College will carry that effort forward for years.”
$10,000 of the Community Energy donation will be matched with $10,000 from operations partner SOLV Energy. This $20,000 total donation will fund a Snow College scholarship program for students at the Richfield Campus who seek to study renewable energy in the Industrial Technology program. “We hope that this will encourage students to explore solar energy job opportunities within Utah and across the country,” said Jennifer Hershman, Community Relations Manager for SOLV Energy.
“Snow College’s collaboration and leadership in the community was critical to the Sigurd solar project’s success. We’re glad to have the opportunity to fund the early stages of their renewable energy education programming and make a continued investment in the community,” says Sam Sours, VP of Development at Community Energy.
“Community Energy has been a pleasure to work with and made sure that local partners were involved in the conversations about the Sigurd solar project and its impact on our local economy and community,” said Jay Olsen, Dean of the Business and Applied Technology Division at Snow College. “This funding for our programs is an important step for the College to develop course work in renewable energy and encourage our students to pursue this career path and job opportunities available in the rapidly growing industry.”
About Community Energy
Community Energy has been a pioneer in renewable energy generation for 22 years, developing and financing 2.7 GW of renewable energy projects across the United States, including 2 GW of solar, and delivering the first solar and wind projects at scale in 12 states. Community Energy is a pure play developer with a 60-person team that anticipates, originates, and develops competitively advantaged solar plus storage projects throughout the country. Community Energy has a large and diverse project pipeline in support of its mission to accelerate the transition to a 24/7 carbon-free grid. Community Energy has offices near Philadelphia, PA and in Boulder, CO. For more information, please visit https://www.communityenergyinc.com.
About Snow College
Snow College, founded in 1888 by Utah pioneers, is a two-year college with campuses located in Ephraim and Richfield, Utah. Serving more than 5,300 students, the college has been nationally recognized for its student success rates, affordable cost-for-value, involvement opportunities, and exceptional teaching. Learn more about all Snow College has to offer online at https://www.snow.edu.