Desert View

Desert View Power helps the local region meet biomass diversion requirements.


What is Desert View Power?

Desert View Power (DVP) is a 45-megawatt renewable energy power plant located approximately 40 miles east of Palm Springs in Riverside County, California, and is located on the Cabazon Band of Cahuilla Indians Reservation.

The largest of its kind in California, DVP has been consistently providing renewable energy to Southern California since 1992. Each year DVP repurposes between 360,000 and 390,000 tons of woody byproducts diverted from regional landfills or open burning. DVP converts that material into renewable electricity, providing more than 325,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) annually, or enough to power more than 49,000 homes for a year. Plants like DVP are one of the cleanest and most reliable ways to convert this excess material into energy. It is also one of the most environmentally beneficial – biomass energy plants have a net negative emission of greenhouse gases. DVP’s diversion and disposal of woody organic biomass is in alignment with the goals and objectives set forth in California’s SB1383 to drastically reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants.


Greenleaf Power acquired DVP in 2011 and has more than 30 full-time employees plus more than 100 contractors during the spring and fall outage seasons. DVP creates other jobs in the community, including full-time jobs related to the recovery and delivery of biomass. Estimates indicate that biomass power plants generate 10 times as many jobs as a comparably sized conventional natural gas power plant.

Six different local counties are currently sending their municipal tree-trimmings and other woody waste to DVP for processing. In addition, DVP pays local, state and federal governments totaling more than $17 million annually in local economic impact.

Technical Details

DVP utilizes two combustion engineering circulating fluidized bed boilers and one steam turbine generator set to generate between 350,000 and 375,000 MWh annually, which is used to power the local area. The plant boilers are equipped with cyclones and two baghouses for particulate control, ammonia injection for NOx control, limestone injection for sulfur dioxide control and hydrated lime for HCl and sulfur dioxide control. DVP operates under a Title V Permit and is compliant with all Federal, State, and Regional regulations. The plant is also a qualified in-state base load renewable resource (CEC# 60692A) that has been consistently providing renewable energy since the early 1990s.

This facility is also a “base load resource” which means that can create full energy at any time of day, in any weather. DVP provides stability to the electrical grid in Southern California and is able to assist in meeting high demand periods, like hot summers and high air conditioning use.


If you have biomass to sell, please contact our team at (760) 272-4959 for specifications and pricing.


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